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.
Establishment of Mediation
. After a written Petition for Mediation has been submitted and
certified in accordance with
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.
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
(a) Certification by the
State Office of Dispute Resolution or certification by completion of a program
approved by the Department; and
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
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
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Authority O.C.G.A. Secs.
Original Rule entitled
"Mediation Board" adopted. F. Dec. 18,
2007; eff. Jan. 7, 2008.