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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note:This is general information and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.I am sorry to hear about this situation. Yes, the mediation happens on the day of trial. After the Judge will call all the parties to see who is here and who is not for the docket, parties that require mediation will go into a side room to mediate. If mediation does not end in an agreement, then the parties will have a trial hearing - by this time, it would normally be early afternoon or later.There is no need to file for a formal ADR with the Court. The Court should have a few mediators available on the day of trial and the parties will literally be taken in one case at a time to have mediation. Parties that do not work an agreement out come back to Court and have their matter heard by the Judge.I hope this helps and clarifies. Gentle Reminder: Use the SEND or REPLY button to keep chatting, or please RATE when finished. You may always ask follow ups at no charge after rating. Kindly rate my answer as one of TOP THREE FACES/STARS and then SUBMIT, as this is how I get credit for my time with you. Rating my answer the bottom two faces/stars or failing to submit the rating does not give me credit and reflects poorly on me, even if my answer is correct. I work very hard to formulate an informative and honest answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith by rating me positively.