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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.

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2019 Dispute Resolution Center Conference
August 15-17, 2019
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Registration is Open!

On behalf of the DRC, I am pleased to invite you to register for the DRC 2019 27th Annual Conference: ADR: Options and Opportunities, August 15-17, 2019, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. We eagerly anticipate seeing you at the conference at which we offer opportunities for you to maintain high standards of professionalism and ethical behavior as well as enhance your skills and knowledge regarding alternative dispute resolution.

Susan C. Marvin, J.D.
Chief of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Florida Dispute Resolution Center
Office of the State Courts Administrator

Conference Fees
$195 Registration Early Rate by Friday, July 19th
$160 Pre-Conference Training Early Rate by Friday, July 19th
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Continuing Education Information

Continuing Mediator Education (CME)
Up to 12.7 CME hours will be available for attending the conference.
Up to 4.0 hours IPV CME will be available for attending the Pre-Conference Training.
A CME Reporting Form will be in your conference materials and available on the DRC website located at:  Select: Dispute Resolution.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
CLE Credit Hours will be available for the conference. A conference email will announce specific credit hours.

Conference Hotel and Location
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32837
Group Room Rate: $121 per night
Hotel Reservations
Book Your Hotel Reservation Online
To book your reservation by phone, call: 1-800-266-9432 and ask for the group code: Dispute Resolution or DRC.

Conference Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests must be made via the registration system, fax or e-mail to AK Consulting. Cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 9, 2019, for a partial refund. (A cancellation fee of $35 will be assessed to cover administrative costs).

If you are unable to attend the conference due to a death in your immediate family, or due to your own hospitalization or the hospitalization of your spouse, your registration fees will be refunded in full, up to 2 weeks after the conference. Requests under this policy require verifying documentation and must be submitted no later than Friday, August 9, 2019.

Conference Questions?
Contact AK Consulting Group
(850) 523-4200


The Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy (Committee) invites all interested persons to comment on proposed amendmentsPDF Download to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.  The amendments provide 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 July 31, 2019, to:; Florida Dispute Resolution Center, Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399; or fax: (850) 922-9290.  


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 checkPDF Download is to be accomplished electronically at the applicants expense.

  • 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