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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

The 2016 Florida Dispute Resolution Center Conference award recipients are Kathy Reuter, Mike Nichols, and Beth Greenfield-Mandler.  Kathy Reuter received the Sharon Press Excellence in ADR award, Mike Nichols and Beth Greenfield-Mandler received the DRC Appreciation Awards and George Knox was presented with the Melvin Rubin Award of Merit from the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (FAPM).  Initiated in 2009, the Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award is bestowed upon an individual for visionary leadership, professional integrity, and unwavering devotion to the field of alternative dispute resolution. The Dispute Resolution Center Appreciation Award was inaugurated 20 years ago to formally recognize individuals who make outstanding contributions to the field of ADR in Florida over a significant period of time. Click here for Conference Brochure and Workshop Materials.

Save the Date

25th DRC Annual Conference
August 10-12, 2017
JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando

ATTENTION CIRCUIT MEDIATORS!!!  Presuit homeowners’ association mediations conducted by Florida Supreme Court certified circuit mediators can be used to satisfy the mentorship requirements for initial circuit mediator certification.  Under section 720.311(2)(a), Florida Statutes, presuit mediation “must be conducted in accordance with the applicable Florida Rules of Civil Procedure” and (2)(d) states that the mediator must be Florida Supreme Court circuit certified.  The provisions regarding the observations required for certification are in In re Procedures Governing Certification of Mediators, Fla. Admin. Order AOSC11-1 (January 10, 2011).

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