Judge Ater is giving the two sides 60 days to mediate the issue.
Judge Michael Ater held a status conference for the case between the State of Ohio v. The Serenity Group in the Ross County Court of Common Pleas, Friday. The case alleges the owners of Floral Hills Memory Gardens violated the Consumer Sales Practices Act.
Earlier this week, a local man said he would lead a volunteer clean-up effort at the cemetery, which has been neglected.
Judge Ater is giving the two sides 10 days to decide whether they would agree to the appointment of a receiver to the property. He's also giving them 60 days to mediate the issue.