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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) has been utilized by the Florida Court System to resolve disputes for over 30 years, starting with the creation of the first citizen dispute settlement (CDS) center in Dade County in 1975. ADR processes offer litigants court-connected opportunities to resolve their disputes without judicial intervention.

Changes to the Mediator Renewal Process

For all Continuing Mediator Education (CME) hours earned beginning in January 2015, the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) will be requesting back up documentation to accompany your CME reporting form. New Reporting Requirements for CME hours. 

News from the Field

Mediators can now register at the Florida Courts eFiling Portal on the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers site. The direct link to register is located at https://www.myflcourtaccess.com. Registration is simple and does not require a mediator number, this will make it possible for non-certified mediators who are mediating in a court case to eFile. A link for email support is located at the bottom of the registration page if you have any problems. If you need further assistance, you can leave a voice message at 850-577-4609 to receive a return call.

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued SC13-1732 amending the Code of Judicial Conduct; the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators; the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure; the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration; the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure; the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure – Senior Judges as Mediators.  SC13-1732 adds additional restrictions on senior judges serving as certified mediators.  The opinion becomes effective October 1, 2014. 

On July 3, 2014, the Supreme Court issued SC13-1751 In Re: Amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure; New Rules for Qualified and Court-Appointed Parenting Coordinators.  SC13-1751 places the discipline of parenting coordinators with the Dispute Resolution Center.  The opinion becomes effective immediately. 

Disciplinary Proceedings and Sanctions

ADR has put a new Sanctions page in place. You can access the Sanctions page from the menu on the left by selecting Information for Consumers or Go to Sanctions now.

Mediation Information for Legal Professionals

For further information, go to the "Mediation Information" page.

Contact the DRC

Call 850-921-2910 or send us an email at DRCMail@flcourts.org