Thursday, April 14, 2005

Co-Co-Co Med-Arb – Whaaat?!?

No, I’m not stuttering. The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure actually provide for mediation to be used in conjunction with arbitration [Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.710(b)] and for arbitration to be used in conjunction with mediation [Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.800]. According to this article in the Bowling Green Daily News a church leadership dispute will be resolved, not by the court, but by a three person mediation team followed by, if necessary, binding arbitration. The mediation location is rather interesting as is this blend of processes. A clever idea, BUT. . . do you think the same three mediators should serve as the panel of arbitrators?

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