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A process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties.

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Includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives. A mediator is a neutral, impartial third person who facilitates the mediation process. The mediator’s role is to reduce obstacles to communication, assist in identifying issues, explore alternatives, and otherwise facilitate voluntary agreements to resolve disputes, without prescribing what the resolution must be.

Mediation of civil cases within the jurisdiction of the county courts, including small claims.

Mediation of civil cases, other than family matters, in circuit court.

For initial certification as a mediator of county court matters, an applicant must have at least a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), must be at least 21 years of age, be of good moral character and must have 40 points.

For initial certification as a mediator of circuit court matters, other than family matters, an applicant must have at least at least a bachelor's degree and must be at least 21 years of age, be of good moral character and must have 70 points.

30 points are earned for successful completion of a Florida Supreme Court Certified mediation training program, additional points are earned for education/mediation experience and from mentorships.

A county court mediation training program shall be a minimum of 20 instructional hours. A circuit court mediation training program shall be a minimum of 40 instructional hours.

County court mediation training shall be presented over a minimum of three days and a maximum of 30 days in blocks of time of at least three hours. Circuit court mediation training shall be presented over a minimum of five days and a maximum of 30 days in blocks of time of at least three hours.

For every hour of training, five minutes of break time shall be added. During each day which lasts over six hours, there shall be a minimum of 30 minutes provided for a meal or extended break.

a. Chapter 44, Florida Statutes
b. Section 415.1034, Florida Statutes
c. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators
d. Current Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order, In Re: Rules Governing Certification of Mediators
e. Sections 39.201-206, Florida Statutes
f. Rules 1.700-1.750, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
g. The Dispute Resolution Center’s bibliography
h. An exercise for reducing an agreement to writing
i. Role play simulation materials for the required role plays
j. Role play critique form

a. Chapter 44, Florida Statutes
b. Section 415.1034, Florida Statutes
c. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators
d. Current Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order, In Re: Rules Governing Certification of Mediators
e. Sections 39.201-206, Florida Statutes
f. Section 69.081 Florida Statutes
g. Rules 1.700-1.750, Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
h. The Dispute Resolution Center’s bibliography
i. An exercise for reducing an agreement to writing
j. Role play simulation materials for the required role plays
k. Role play critique form

a. Conflict resolution concepts in county court mediation
b. Court process in county court mediation
c. Mediation process and techniques in county court mediation
d. Communication skills in county court mediation
e. Standards of conduct/ethics for mediators in county court mediation
f. Diversity issues in county court mediation

a. Conflict resolution concepts in circuit court mediation
b. Negotiating dynamics in circuit court mediation
c. Court process in circuit court mediation
d. Mediation process and techniques in circuit court mediation
e. Communication skills in circuit court mediation
f. Standards of conduct/ethics for mediators in circuit court mediation
g. Diversity issues in circuit court mediation
h. Attorneys in circuit court mediation
i. Basic legal concepts in circuit court mediation
j. Financial issues in circuit court mediatio

Lecture, group discussion, written exercises, mediation simulations and role plays.

In a county court mediation training program, at a minimum, every participant shall take part in at least one continuous role play acting as the sole mediator and one continuous role play acting as the disputant. A continuous role play is defined as one beginning with the mediator’s opening statement and continuing for a minimum of 45 minutes. In a circuit court mediation training program, at a minimum every participant shall take part in a least one continuous role play acting as the sole mediator and one continuous role play acting as the disputant, attorney or insurance representative. A continuous role play is defined as one beginning with the mediator’s opening statement and continuing for a minimum of 60 minutes.