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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.

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Comments Solicited By Supreme Court on ADR Rules Petition

The Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy (Committee) has filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court proposing amendments to the Florida Rules for Certified and Court Appointed Mediators (Mediator Rules). The proposed amendments completely revise Part III (Discipline) of the Mediator Rules and make one change to rule 10.200 in Part II (Standards of Professional Conduct) to maintain consistency.

The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. All comments must be filed with the Court on or before August 3, 2015, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the Committee Chair, Honorable William D. Palmer, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 300 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, palmerw@flcourts.org, and on support staff to the Committee, Susan C. Marvin, Dispute Resolution Center, Florida Supreme Court Building, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, marvins@flcourts.org, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The Committee Chair has until August 24, 2015, to file a response to any comments filed with the Court. If filed by an attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar, the comment must be electronically filed via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal in accordance with In re Electronic Filing in the Supreme Court of Florida via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC13-7 (Feb. 18, 2013). If filed by a nonlawyer or a lawyer not licensed to practice in Florida, the comment must be electronically filed via e-mail in accordance with In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). Electronically filed documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word 97 or higher. Any person unable to submit a comment electronically must mail or hand-deliver the originally signed comment to the Florida Supreme Court, Office of the Clerk, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1927; no additional copies are required or will be accepted.


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We are very excited to continue with the format for the Conference which we hope will bring more opportunities for learning for our attendees and more networking for our presenters. In keeping with last year's theme of “The Challenge of Change,” the goal of the Conference for 2015 is to provide more educational opportunities that will be of interest and benefit to ADR practitioners involved in a variety of conflict resolution processes.  This year, in addition to mediation education, we are including other ADR processes: Parenting Coordination, Early Neutral Evaluation Basics, Voluntary Trial Resolution Practice, and Public Policy Facilitation. If you have questions, please call AK Consulting Group at 850-523-4200.

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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. 
 

Disciplinary Proceedings and Sanctions

The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) has put a Sanctions page in place. You can access the Sanctions page from the menu on the left by selecting Rules/Discipline/Sanctions.
 

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