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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

Mediator Qualifications Board Vacancies

The Mediator Qualifications Board (MQB) was appointed in 1992 as the grievance board under the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators.  The Board is comprised of over 54 members; up to 17 members each from the three regions of Florida.  The members include judges, county mediators, family mediators, circuit mediators, dependency mediators, appellate mediators and non-mediator attorneys who meet in complaint committees and hearing panels when grievances are filed against certified or court-appointed mediators.  Additionally, the MQB’s three member Qualifications Complaint Committee (serves for one year-all meetings are telephonic) reviews issues related to the findings of good moral character required for initial and ongoing certification.  

The MQB is currently accepting applications for the following member appointments:

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

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

Southern Division (11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th Judicial Circuits) – Attorney Non-Mediator   

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


Deadline:  June 3, 2016

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

The 2016 conference theme is, “Dimensions in Diversity”. The conference will provide educational opportunities for our mediators as well as introduce new ADR processes and newly adopted training and professional standards. We will be focusing on all forms of diversity: gender, race, religion, sexual preference, and culture, to name a few, and sessions on new and emerging processes.

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing education will be available

Conference Information - Available in June
Conference Agenda • Workshop Schedule • Registration

Conference Hotel & Location
JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837, US

Make Hotel Reservations
Group Rate: $119 per Night

Contact Savannah Kelly at AK Consulting Group
(850) 523-4200

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).

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