Trial before mediation?

I meant to specify that we are in Nash County. I want to go to mediation. I’m sure she’d rather take it up with the judges since she works with them everyday.

Are there any circumstances which would allow for a trial before mediation? My ex filed an EDA and we have not been to mediation. I got a call today from my attorney saying that a judge called him saying that an outside judge is being brought in on May 10 to hear the case. We have to have an outside judge b/c my ex is a deputy clerk of court. Is this normal? having a trial before mediation?