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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

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

Broward Community Justice Alternatives

(954) 831-7752; (954) 831-6004

Teen Court (Room 561)

(954) 831-7600

The Court Mediation and Arbitration Program (CMAP) operates various programs from the central courthouse location. All administrative offices for these programs are located in Room 565. Programs operating under CMAP include Small Claims and County Mediation, Family Mediation, Dependency Mediation, Circuit Civil Mediation, Court Arbitration, the Broward Community Justice Alternatives Program, and Teen Court. Each program is described below.

Small Claims and County Court 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

(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 in an effort toward placing children in the healthiest and safest environment. 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) 831-7752; (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. This program also accepts discrimination referrals from the Broward County Office of Equal Opportunity.

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.

Teen Court

(954) 831-7600

The Teen Court Program is a diversionary program that offers an alternative to formal court proceedings for juveniles. Cases are referred by the State Attorney's Office and local law enforcement agencies. Teen Court addresses such charges as petit theft, misdemeanor drug possession and trespassing.

At Teen Court sentencing hearings, trained high school volunteers perform all courtroom roles, including those of bailiff, clerk and juror. The presiding judge is either a member of the judiciary, a volunteer attorney or a trained Teen Court professional staff.

The jurors render a sentencing decision that may include counseling, essays, completion of an appropriate community program that addresses the identified behavior, restitution and jury duty assignments. Community service is a required sanction for all juveniles who participate in the Teen Court Program. The defendant's compliance with these sanctions is tracked by a Teen Court Case Manager. If defendants do not comply with the rules and regulations of Teen Court, the case is returned to the State Attorney's Office for a filing decision.

Teen Court intakes and hearings are held at each of Broward County's four courthouse locations.

Click here for more information on Teen Court.