Friday, August 11, 2006

Point System Update For Circuit Civil Mediators

Wait – not that point system!

The Florida Supreme Court, in it’s opinion In Re: Petition of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee on Amendments to Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators, 931 So.2d 877 [Fla. 2006], adopted the new practical and non-profession-based point system for certified county court, family, and dependency mediators. However, the court was hesitant, at that time, without input from The Florida Bar, to remove the current requirement that a certified Circuit Court mediator must be a member of The Florida Bar or a retired trial judge from any U.S. jurisdiction and therefore retained this requirement pending comment from The Florida Bar.

The Florida Bar has submitted its comment. The ADR Rules and Policy Committee has 30 days after service of the Bar’s comment within which to respond.

Stay tuned for further developments!

Enjoy your weekend!

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