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 Agenda • Workshop Schedule
Available in May
Conference Hotel & Location
JW Marriott Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32837
Group Rate: $121 per night
Make reservations CLICK HERE
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Background Screening Process for New Applicants for Mediator Certification
Effective: April 1, 2018
Currently certified mediators need not complete the requirements below.
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.
- Applicants are required to go to a Livescan Service Provider to be fingerprinted. The list of providers
throughout the state is found at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Documents/ApplicantLivescanService-ProvidersVendors.aspx.
- The applicant should provide the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s (DRC) Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number, FL737127Z (The last letter is Z as in zoo.), to the Livescan Service Provider so that the background screening results are sent directly from FDLE to the DRC
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 DRCMail@flcourts.org