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
2019 Dispute Resolution Center Conference
August 15-17, 2019
JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando
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 found 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 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.
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