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Court Programs - Mediation & Arbitration

Court Mediation and Arbitration
Broward County Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street, Room 565
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

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General information
(954) 831-6076 (Automated Number)

County and Small Claims Mediation

(954) 831-6308; (954) 831-6309; (954) 831-6310

Family Mediation

(954) 831-6067; (954) 831-6313; (954) 831-6088

Dependency Mediation

(954) 831-6067; (954) 831-6075

Circuit Civil Mediation

(954) 831-6078

Court Arbitration

(954) 831-6313

County and Small Claims Mediation

(954) 831-6308; (954) 831-6309; (954) 831-6310

This program provides mediation services as an effective alternative to a court trial. Civil cases such as landlord/tenant, eviction, breach of contract, employment, consumer disputes, and other similar issues can be court ordered to mediation. Mediators who are scheduled to work with these cases hold, at a minimum, a Florida Supreme Court Certification as a County Court Mediator.

Family Mediation

Petitioner's Last Name A-I (954) 831-6313

Petitioner's Last Name J-Z (954) 831-6088

(954) 831-6067; (954) 831-6313; (954) 831-6088

This CMAP program provides mediation as an opportunity to minimize the effects of divorce on families. Full service mediation (including financial issues) is offered by court order prior to a divorce being finalized or for issues that arise after a divorce is granted. Services are also provided to unmarried parties when they have a minor child, and for other issues as determined appropriate by the referring judge.

To use this program, a case must be filed in Broward County and a specific Order to Mediation must be signed by a Broward judge. Mediation scheduled through this program is subject to income limitations as specified by the legislature for state subsidized mediation and any fees for this service are based on income. Mediators who are scheduled to work with these cases are certified as Family Court Mediators by the Florida Supreme Court.

Dependency Mediation

(954) 831-6067; (954) 831-6075

This CMAP program handles cases filed in Juvenile Dependency Court with an Order to Mediation signed by a judge. Mediation in these cases include charges of alleged abuse, abandonment, neglect, etc. Multiple agencies are generally involved in these mediation sessions whereby the best intersts of the children are addressed. Mediators working in this program are certified as Dependency Mediators by the Florida Supreme Court.

Circuit Civil Mediation

(954) 831-6078

This CMAP program coordinates cases referred to private mediation by circuit and family court judges. Attorneys or pro se litigants can contact this program if they seek a randomly selected mediator from the rotation list maintained by this program. Statistics for all private mediation sessions held outside of CMAP programs are recorded and compiled monthly by this program.

Court Arbitration

(954) 831-6313

The CMAP Arbitration Program evaluates all applications for court arbitrators and maintains an updated listing of court approved arbitrators. This program also maintains statistics for all arbitration orders and hearings in Broward County.

Click here for the 17th Circuit's list of qualified arbitrators.

Broward Community Justice Alternatives

(954) 831-7757; (954) 831-6004

This CMAP program offers a variety of options for alternative dispute resolution. Referrals may be made from the State Attorney's Office when a charge has been filed or in lieu of a charge being filed. Criminal cases such as harassment, battery, assault, as well as misdemeanors and violations of city ordinances, worthless checks, sales tax diversion and other offenses deemed appropriate by the State Attorney's Office can be referred to this program.

This program also accepts self-referrals when no charges have been filed. Neighborhood disputes, senior citizen issues, and other community problems and citizen disputes may be eligible for using these services. All parties must agree to attempt to resolve their issues through mediation when they are self-referred.

A trained mediator will be assigned to assist the parties in each case to help resolve the issues. There is no charge for most referrals to the Broward Community Justice Alternatives Program.