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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.

News from the Field


Call for Workshop Proposals
The DRC is now accepting workshop proposals for our 23rd Annual Conference.

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 processes in our call for proposals; submissions are welcome including but not limited to: Parenting Coordination, Early Neutral Evaluation Basics, Voluntary Trial Resolution Practice, and Public Policy Facilitation. 

Submit a Proposal 
Submit by February 28th

Conference Registration Opening in May


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 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