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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

MEAC and ADR Rules and Policy Committee Vacancies:

The Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Rules and Policy Committee is currently accepting applications from judges, mediators, arbitrators, mediation trainers, mediation educators and lawyers who have either served on the MQB or have served as investigators or prosecutors for the DRC in grievances and who are interested in serving on the committee for a term of three years.  Appointments are made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida beginning July 1, 2016.  Please see AOSC13-40 for more information.

The Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee (MEAC) is currently accepting applications for the following member appointments:

Northern Division (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 14th Judicial Circuits) – Certified county mediator

Central Division (5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 18th Judicial Circuits) – Certified county mediator

Southern Division (11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th Judicial Circuits) – Certified county mediator

Please submit a letter of interest and current résumé to:

Florida Dispute Resolution Center
Supreme Court Building
500 S. Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Fax: (850) 922-9290


Deadline:  March 11, 2016

24th Annual DRC Conference Dimensions of Diversity August 11-13, 2016

Save the Date

The Florida Dispute Resolution Center's 24th Annual Conference for Mediators and ADR Professionals: “Dimensions of Diversity” will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. 
The conference will provide educational opportunities for our mediators as well as continuing our goal of offering sessions on ADR processes other than mediation. We will be focusing on all forms of diversity: gender, race, religious, sexual preference, and culture, to name a few, and sessions on new and emerging processes.

ATTENTION CIRCUIT MEDIATORS!!!  Effective November 1, 2015, 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).

The Dispute Resolution Center’s newsletter returns!  We are pleased to be able to re-establish this resource for you.  This first edition may look more like a simple newsletter placed online; however, we are working out the technicalities and we hope in the next one or two editions, we will be an online publication in the true sense. Additionally, we are announcing a “Name the Newsletter” contest! See details on page four. Please click the link to view the current edition. 

The Resolution Report (November 2015)

The Florida Dispute Resolution Center held its 23rd Annual Conference for Mediators and ADR Professionals: "Treasuring the Past & The Spirit of Change" at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. Click here for Conference Workshop Materials.

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