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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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The Florida Dispute Resolution Center held its 22nd Annual Conference for ADR Professionals: "The Challenge of Change" on August 14-16, 2014, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The Florida CLE Course approval reference number is 1405028N for 14.5 total credits. Click here for conference workshop materials.
 

News from the Field

The Mediator Qualifications Board (MQB) is currently accepting applications for the following member appointments:

Northern Division (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 14th Judicial Circuits) – Multiple Seats- Certified Family Mediators and Judges  

Central Division (5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 18th Judicial Circuits) – Multiple Seats- Certified Family Mediators and Judges 

Southern Division (11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th Judicial Circuits) – Multiple Seats- Certified Family Mediators and Judges 

Please submit a letter of interest and current résumé for the appointment you are interested in and qualified for to:

Florida Dispute Resolution Center
Supreme Court Building
500 S. Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Fax: (850) 922-9290

Email: DRCmail@flcourts.org

Deadline:  October 1, 2014

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.

Changes to the Mediator Renewal Process

Please read this for important information regarding changes to the mediator renewal process. Go to this page to access the changes in the process.

Contact the DRC

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