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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

Parenting Coordinator Review Board (PCRB) Vacancy

The Parenting Coordinator Review Board (PCRB) was appointed in 2016 to consider complaints against Qualified and Court-Appointed Parenting Coordinators.  The ten members include judges, parenting coordinators and non-parenting coordinator attorneys from across the state who meet as complaint committees and hearing panels when grievances are filed against qualified or court-appointed parenting coordinators.  Appointments are made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida for a four-year term.   

Please submit a letter of interest and current résumé to the address listed below:

Florida Dispute Resolution Center
Supreme Court Building
500 S. Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Fax: (850) 922-9290

Email: DRCmail@flcourts.org  

Deadline: April 8, 2019

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Rules and Policy Committee Vacancy

The Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is currently accepting applications for 5 member appointments to the Committee on ADR Rules and Policy.  Two of the appointments have three-year terms, one has a two-year term, and two have one-year terms.  All terms commence July 1, 2019.  Of the appointments: 

  • At least 3 member appointments must be non-lawyer mediators who have been Florida Supreme Court certified for more than 5 years.  
  • The remaining 2 appointments may be either lawyer or non-lawyer mediators who have been Florida Supreme Court certified for more than 5 years, or
    • one non-mediator lawyer who has at least 5 years of service on the Mediator Qualifications Board and has served on at least three complaint committees and one panel hearing, or
    • trial court administrators, or
    • arbitrators with at least two years of experience in arbitrating or arbitration training. 

All lawyer applicants shall be members in good standing of The Florida Bar and have practiced law for a minimum of five years and conducted or attended 15 mediations. 

The Committee on ADR Rules and Policy provides the Supreme Court with recommendations relating to ADR legislation, and all aspects of ADR policy and rules including, but not limited to, model ADR practices, mediator certification and renewal requirements, continuing education requirements, and mediation training program requirements.  

Appointments are made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida.  Please see AOSC18-29 for more information. 

Please submit a letter of interest and current résumé to the address listed below:

Florida Dispute Resolution Center
Supreme Court Building
500 S. Duval Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Fax: (850) 922-9290

Email: DRCmail@flcourts.org  

Deadline: April 8, 2019

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The Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is pleased to announce that we are accepting workshop proposals for our Annual DRC Conference: ADR: Options and Opportunities, August 15-17, 2019, at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. 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. 

Conference Information
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
Complimentary Parking
Make a Hotel Reservation Online, CLICK HERE

Questions?
Contact AK Consulting Group
(850) 523-4200
annette@akconsultinggroup.org 

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 DRCMail@flcourts.org