Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Know Your Courts

Open Ninth Epsiode

When we think of our court system, our first thought is often of a trial. But what many don’t know is that not all cases filed go to trial. Instead, many go through a process called “mediation” where the two parties of a case work cooperatively with mediator to come to a resolution. Tune in to Open Ninth to hear Judge Tina Caraballo talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about how mediation works here in the Ninth Circuit and why it can be a great alternative.


  • 00:15 – History of mediation
  • 05:14 – Ninth Circuit’s mediation program
  • 07:41 – How mediation works
  • 12:21 – Benefits of mediation
  • 16:45 – New Orange County mediation space
Open Ninth
Episode 151

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 18:53



In this episode

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon
Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.

Orange County Judge Tina Caraballo
Tina L. Caraballo

Orange County Judge

Judge Caraballo has served as an Orange County Judge since 2015. She currently serves in the Orange County Criminal Division.