2A:23C-3  Scope.
   3.   Scope.

   a.   Except as otherwise provided in subsection b. or c., this act shall apply to a mediation in which:

   (1)   the mediation parties are required to mediate by statute, court rule or administrative agency rule, or are referred to mediation by a court, administrative agency, or arbitrator;

   (2)   the mediation parties and the mediator agree to mediate in a record that demonstrates an expectation that mediation communications will be privileged against disclosure; or

   (3)   the mediation parties use as a mediator an individual who holds himself out as a mediator, or the mediation is provided by a person who holds itself out as providing mediation.

   b.   The act shall not apply to a mediation:

   (1)   relating to the establishment, negotiation, administration, or termination of a collective bargaining relationship or to any mediation conducted by the Public Employment Relations Commission or the State Board of Mediation;

   (2)   relating to a dispute that is pending under or is part of the processes established by a collective bargaining agreement, except that the act applies to a mediation arising out of a dispute that has been filed with a court or an administrative agency other than the Public Employment Relations Commission or the State Board of Mediation;

   (3)   conducted by a judge who may make a ruling on the case; or

   (4)   conducted under the auspices of:

   (a)   a primary or secondary school if all the parties are students; or

   (b)   a juvenile detention facility or shelter if all the parties are residents of that facility or shelter.

   c.   If the parties agree in advance in a signed record, or a record of proceeding so reflects, that all or part of a mediation is not privileged, the privileges under sections 4 through 6 of P.L. 2004, c.157 (C.2A:23C-4 through C.2A:23C-6) shall not apply to the mediation or part agreed upon.  Sections 4 through 6 of P.L. 2004, c.157 (C.2A:23C-4 through C.2A:23C-6) shall apply to a mediation communication made by a person who has not received actual notice of the agreement before the communication is made.

   L.2004,c.157,s.3.