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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

Amendments to Florida Rule for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediator 10.910

The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2017/sc17-935.pdf. All comments must be filed with the Court on or before August 21, 2017, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the Committee Chair, Honorable Rodney Smith, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, 73 West Flagler Street, Room 1401, Miami, Florida 33130, rsmith@jud11.flcourts.org, and on support staff to the Committee, Juan R. Collins, Dispute Resolution Center, Florida Supreme Court Building, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, collinsj@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 September 11, 2017, 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 (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 may be, but is not required to be, filed via the Portal. Comments filed via the Portal must be submitted in Microsoft Word 97 or higher. See In re Electronic Filing in the Florida Supreme Court, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC17-27 (May 9, 2017). 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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Conference Fees
$195 Early Registration Rate by Friday, July 7
$160 Early Pre-Conference Rate by, Friday July 7

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Pre-Conference & Advanced Trainings
Click here to learn more about the pre-conference and advanced trainings offered this year including:
• Mediator Ethics Pre-Conference Session
• Appellate Mediator Certification Training
• Arbitration Training

Continuing Education
Attendees may earn up to 13.2 CME credits for the conference.
CLE credits will also be available, specific credit hours will be posted soon.

Conference Hotel and Location
JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando
Room Rate: $119 per Night
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32837
Hotel Reservations: Click Here to Reserve Your Room or 800-266-9432

Questions
Contact AK Consulting Group
Savannah@akconsultinggroup.org
(850) 523-4200

On October 27, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court adopted proposed amendments to the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators in re: Amendments to the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators, SC15-875 (Fla. 2016).  The amendments to the rules change the title of Part III to “Mediation Certification Applications and Discipline” to clarify that this part of the rules pertains to the qualification of applicants as well as discipline.  The amended rules have separate tracks for grievances alleging issues of good moral character in applicants and grievances alleging violations of the rules by certified and court-appointed mediators.  The Mediator Qualifications Board is renamed the Mediator Qualifications and Discipline Review Board.  A fourth division is added to the Board and the divisions are reorganized.  Among the amendments are new rule 10.850 Suspension, Decertification, Denial of Application, and Removal which includes instances requiring the automatic decertification of a mediator or denial of an application without the need for a hearing.  Notably, in rule 10.890, there are now limitations on the time in which a complaint against a mediator can be filed.

The Court revised proposed rule 10.810(d)(1) to allow the complainant only one opportunity to refile a complaint to establish the facial sufficiency of the complaint, and rule10.840(b)(7) to limit the suspension of a mediator for a period of up to one year.  The amended rules went into effect January 1, 2017. 


CME Documentation Study Ends 

Dear Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators,

The Supreme Court Committee on ADR Rules and Policy has rescinded the requirement that the reporting of all CME activities be accompanied by backup documentation for the hours claimed beginning with renewal applications due on February 1, 2017.  The DRC is returning to the practice of random audits in which a select group of renewal applicants are notified in advance of their renewal submission date that documentation is needed.  Therefore, unless you are notified that you are under audit when you receive your next renewal notice, you may submit just the one page CME form to document your CME activities.  We hope this is welcome news.  Susan C. Marvin, Acting Chief of ADR  


The Florida Supreme Court has added to its inventory of public outreach programs by placing its own page on Facebook, with its address on the web at: https://www.facebook.com/floridasupremecourt/. “This addition to our outreach efforts is a product of the new statewide Court Communication Plan approved by the full Court in December,” said Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. “It is yet another way we will tell our story to the public.” The Facebook page joins existing Supreme Court pages on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+. The Court also uses YouTube but embeds videos within its own webpages to minimize distractions to viewers.

The Court primarily will use its Facebook page to tell the public news about the Supreme Court family such as people winning awards, personnel recognized for lengthy service, and other soft news. This will contrast with Twitter, which the Court has used since 2009 mainly to distribute hard news such as filings in high-profile cases.


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.
 

Contact the DRC

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