Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediation
In order to be certified as a mediator by the Florida Supreme Court,
requirements. As these requirements are mandatory, PLEASE ensure you read them IN FULL before contacting a trainer.
Successful completion of a Florida Supreme Court certified mediation
training program is one of these requirements. In order to successfully
complete the training, you must attend one entire training program.
Under no circumstances may you be excused from attending portions of
the training due to scheduled appointments or obligations (e.g., doctor
appointments, hearings, court appearances, or conference calls).
An application for certification will be sent to individuals upon
successful completion of a Florida Supreme Court certified mediation
training program, and will not be sent prior to completion of training.
In addition to completing the training requirements (specific to
type of certification you are seeking), you must possess sufficient
education and experience, and complete the required mentorship obligations (observation of court-ordered mediations by Florida Supreme Court certified
mediators of the type for which you are seeking certification and/or
completion of court-ordered mediations supervised by a Florida Supreme
Court certified mediator of the type for which you are seeking certification.)
You must obtain and schedule your mentorship opportunities yourself.
The court programs may be of assistance to you in completing some of
your mentorship obligations; however, these programs are under no obligation
to assist all trainees, nor are they obligated to schedule all of your
mentorship opportunities. All duly certified mediators are required
to allow, upon request, a minimum of two mediation observations per
year to assist newly trained mediators. Most certified mediators fulfill
this requirement by assisting trainees who they know. Certified mediators
are not obligated to allow anyone to co-mediate with them. The final
decision to allow an observer or co-mediator is made by the parties.
Prior to signing up for this Supreme Court certified mediation training
program, you are encouraged to conduct some research into how you will
complete your mentorship obligations.
Once you are certified, your name will be added to the searchable directory of certified mediators; however,
certification by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator does not guarantee
you any referrals as a mediator.
In county court (above small claims), family, circuit and dependency
cases, parties have ten days from the court’s order of referral to mediation to agree on a mediator. The court will appoint the mediator only if the parties have not been able to agree within that time frame. Statewide, most mediators are selected by agreement of the parties, not by appointment of the court or by use of a rotation list. If the parties do not agree on a mediator, the court may appoint the mediator by use of a rotation list or the Chief Judge of each circuit may establish another
means of appointing a mediator by Administrative Order.
If you anticipate working as a mediator in court-ordered cases, you may
wish to research possible referral sources.
- Mediators must pay certification and application fees [$20 application fee, plus: $40 for county mediator certification; $150 for family mediator certification; $150 for circuit mediator certification; $100 for dependency mediator certification; and $100 for appellate mediator certification] and are certified for a two year period.
For additional information please contact The Dispute Resolution Center at 850-921-2910 or at DRCMail@flcourts.org.