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
Save the Date: The Florida Dispute Resolution Center is excited to announce that our 28th Annual Conference will be held on August 13-15, 2020, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando. The Rosen Centre's location is ripe for entertainment and family fun on International Drive; outside the front doors, you are minutes away from the I-Trolley, ICON park, Aquatic Orlando, Pointe Orlando, and premium outlet shopping. The Rosen Centre is offering our attendees luxury lodging accommodations for a reduced rate of $105 plus tax. Early bird registration and lodging information will be sent to all certified mediator in Spring 2020.
The Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy (Committee) invites all interested persons to comment on proposed amendments to the Florida Probate Rules. The Florida Probate Rules currently do not include mediation and arbitration rules; these amendments would establish them. The amendments provide that the court may refer all or any part of a contested probate or guardianship matter to mediation or arbitration, thereby empowering courts and parties with the option of using non-adversarial dispute resolution processes to resolve these disputes.
Proposed rule 5.183(b)(2)(B) provides that when the parties cannot agree upon a mediator, they may request, or the court on its own motion may appoint a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit or family mediator who has completed a Florida Supreme Court certified elder mediation training program. The amendments promote opportunities for Florida’s elderly citizens and their families to request and the court to appoint Florida Supreme Court certified mediators with specific training in elder issues and shared decision-making. The amendments support three specific goals of the Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Florida Judicial Branch 2016-2021: increasing the use of constructive and non-adversarial resolutions in family cases; promoting the use of innovative and effective problem-solving courts and alternative dispute resolution processes; and expanding the education of judges and court employees to recognize and understand various perspectives of court users on relevant and emerging topics.
Please send comments for the Committee to the Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) by October 3, 2019, to: DRCmail@flcourts.org; Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399; or fax (850) 922-9290.
The Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) held its 27th Annual DRC Conference: ADR: Options and Opportunities, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando. The Florida Bar approval reference number is 1905094N for 12.5 General, 1.5 Bias Elimination, 3.0 Ethics and 3.0 Technology credits. Certification Credits: Civil Trial and Marital and Family Practice 12.5 hours each. Conference CME: Up to 12.6 hours including 1.5 hours of mediator ethics and 1.5 hours IPV. Click here for workshop materials.
Background Screening Process for Mediator Certification
The Rules for Certified and Court -Appointed Mediators require mediators to have good moral character. All applicants for mediator certification and certified mediators adding additional areas of certification are required to complete a criminal background check conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Mediators seeking renewal are not required to complete this requirement. The criminal background check is to be accomplished electronically at the applicants expense.
- Mediators are required to go to a Livescan Service Provider to be fingerprinted. The list of providers throughout the state is located at http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Documents/ApplicantLivescanService-ProvidersVendors.aspx. Providers charge a variety of prices, applicants may want to contact more than one vendor.
- The mediator must 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 background screening results are sent directly from FDLE to the DRC.
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