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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

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

The 2016 Florida Dispute Resolution Center Conference theme is, Dimensions in Diversity. 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: race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and culture, to name a few, and sessions on new and emerging processes.

Conference Agenda and Schedule 
Workshop Materials

Up to 13.2 CME available at the conference.
Included in Plenary Sessions:

• 2.0 DV
• 1.5 Mediator Ethics
• 1.0 Cultural Diversity

CLE approved.
• 13.0 General
• 1.5 Ethics
• Certification Credits: Civil Trial & Marital and Family Law, 13.0 each

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