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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

The Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is pleased to announce our Annual DRC Conference: Make it Matter, Promoting Mediator Professionalism, August 9-11, 2018, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando. Traditionally, over 900 ADR professionals attend the two day event to enhance their knowledge, sharpen their skills and network with colleagues from across the state.

The Conference will provide educational opportunities for our mediators as well as continuing our goal of offering sessions on ADR processes other than mediation.
Conference Registration

Conference Hotel & Location
JW Marriott Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32837
Group Rate: $121 per night
Complimentary Parking
Make reservations CLICK HERE

Contact AK Consulting Group
(850) 523-4200

Mediator Qualifications & Discipline Review Board Vacancies

The Mediator Qualifications & Discipline Review Board (MQDRB) is the grievance body under the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators.  The MQDRB is comprised of over 60 members; up to 17 members each from the four 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 MQDRB’s four-member Qualifications Inquiry Committee (QIC) reviews issues related to the findings of good moral character required for initial and ongoing certification.  

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

Northern Division (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, and 14th Judicial Circuits) – 3 family mediators

Central Division (5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 18th and 19th Judicial Circuits) – 3 family mediators

Southeast Division (11th, 15th, 16th and 17th Judicial Circuits) – 1 family 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:  October 1, 2018

Background Screening Process for New Applicants for Mediator Certification

The Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators require mediators to have good moral character.  Toward that goal, all initial applicants for mediator certification are required to complete a criminal background check conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  This is to be accomplished electronically at the applicant’s expense. 

Providers charge a variety of prices, applicants may want to contact more than one vendor to obtain the lowest price.

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