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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.

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We are very excited to continue with the format for the Conference which we hope will bring more opportunities for learning for our attendees and more networking for our presenters. In keeping with last year's theme of “The Challenge of Change,” the goal of the Conference for 2015 is to provide more educational opportunities that will be of interest and benefit to ADR practitioners involved in a variety of conflict resolution processes.  This year, in addition to mediation education, we are including other ADR processes: Parenting Coordination, Early Neutral Evaluation Basics, Voluntary Trial Resolution Practice, and Public Policy Facilitation. If you have questions, please call AK Consulting Group at 850-523-4200.

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The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Rules and Policy Committee

The ADR Rules and Policy Committee provides the Supreme Court with recommendations relating to: all aspects of ADR policy & ADR rules including but not limited to model ADR practices, mediator certification and renewal requirements, continuing education requirements, mediation training program requirements and legislation. 

The Florida Dispute Resolution Center 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, 2015.  Please see AOSC13-40 for more information.

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



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