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The Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Rule 8.290 defines mediation as “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. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reaches a mutually acceptable voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision –making authority rests with the Parties.
§ 44.1011(2) Fla. Stat. defines mediation as “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. It is an informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision-making authority rests with the parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the Parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives.
In mediation, the disputing parties work with a neutral third party, the mediator, to resolve their disputes. The mediator facilitates the resolution of the parties' disputes by supervising the exchange of information and the bargaining process. The mediator helps the parties find common ground and deal with unrealistic expectations. He or she may also offer creative solutions and assist in drafting a final settlement. The role of the mediator is to interpret concerns, relay information between the parties, frame issues, and define the problems.
Mediation staff shall hold scheduled mediations remotely, starting the week of March 23, 2020. As per the directive of the Chief Justice and Chief Judge, no face-to-face mediations shall occur. Please call 561-355-2739 to be connected to your mediation or receive a conference line number for you mediation.
Parties who wish to hold face-to-face mediations will be reset to a later date.
Mediation is a process whereby a neutral and impartial third person (the mediator) acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing the resolution.