You knew that, right?!? From time to time, posts on Florida Mediator cite Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators. Many of the Rules contain references to mediator conduct that is specifically prohibited [mandatory rules] – i.e., the “shall not” Rules. In Genuine Parts Company, et al. v. Parsons, 2006 Fla. App. LEXIS 134 [Fla. 4th DCA 2006] the Fourth District Court of Appeal, a case involving the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and setting a matter for trial, said “We do not adhere to the plaintiff’s theory that the rules of civil procedure were meant to be broken.” Imagine that! Anyway, this is just a beginning of the year reminder for mediators that maybe now would be a good time to brush up on our rules of conduct.
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