Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 672-19-.05 - Mediation Board

(1) Purpose and Responsibilities. As part of the dispute resolution process the Department is authorized to establish a Mediation Board and to establish procedures for the operation of the Mediation Board.
(2) Establishment of Mediation Board. After a written Petition for Mediation has been submitted and certified in accordance with 672-19-.06(5), the Mediation Board shall be established within thirty (30) days of the certification of the Petition for Mediation. The hearing shall be held within sixty (60) days of the establishment of the Mediation Board.
(3) Qualified Mediators. Any person serving on a Mediation Board established pursuant to these rules shall meet the following minimum criteria in order to be included on the List of Qualified Mediators:
(a) Certification by the State Office of Dispute Resolution or certification by completion of a program approved by the Department; and
(b) Meet the minimum training requirements to remain certified.

No member of a Mediation Board shall have any direct relationship with any of the parties involved in the dispute or issues for which the Mediation Board is formed. For purposes of this section, direct relationship shall mean any contractual relationship or employment relationship within the previous six (6) months from the establishment of the Mediation Board.

(4) Mediation Board Selection. The Mediation Board shall consist of three (3) qualified mediators selected by the Utility and the Department from the List of Qualified Mediators established by the Department. Procedures for selection of the Mediation Board shall be developed to ensure that one mediator is selected by the Department and one mediator is selected by the Utility. The third mediator on the Board shall be selected by the first two mediators selected to the Mediation Board. If for any reason the two mediators cannot agree upon the third mediator who shall serve as the presiding officer, then that third mediator shall be selected by random drawing from the list of qualified mediators. These three mediators shall form the Mediation Board.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 672-19-.05
Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 32-2-2, 32-2-81, 50-13-4.
Original Rule entitled "Mediation Board" adopted. F. Dec. 18, 2007; eff. Jan. 7, 2008.

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