Mediation & Arbitration

Court Programs – Mediation & Arbitration

Court Mediation and Arbitration
Broward County Courthouse
201 SE 6thStreet, West Wing Tower, Room 19150
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Mediation Forms

ORDER REFERRING CASE TO FAMILY MEDIATION
ORDER REFERRING CASE TO ARBITRATION – (Single Arbitrator)
ARBITRATOR APPLICATION
ARBITRATION STATISTICAL SUMMARY
NOTICE OF ARBITRATION HEARING – (Single Arbitrator)
NOTICE OF ARBITRATION HEARING – (Panel Arbitration)
ARBITRATOR ACCEPTANCE FORM – (Panel Arbitration)
ORDER REFERRING CASE TO ARBITRATION – (Panel Arbitration)
ARBITRATOR ACCEPTANCE FORM – (Single Arbitrator)
NON BINDING ARBITRATION APPLICATION

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

Non-binding Arbitration

(954) 831-6313

County and Small Claims Mediation

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

The program provides mediation services as an effective alternative to a court hearing. Civil county cases such as landlord/tenant, eviction, breach of contract, employment and consumer disputes of $15,000 or less may be court ordered to mediation. Mediators who mediate are certified as county court mediators by the Florida Supreme Court.

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

The program provides mediation as an opportunity to minimize the effects of divorce on families including pre & post dissolution cases as well as for paternity cases of unmarried parties when they have minor child(ren).

To use this program, a case must be filed in Broward County and a family mediation order must be signed by a Broward judge. Mediation scheduled through this program is subject to income limitations as specified by the Legislature (combined income of less than $100,000). Mediators who are scheduled to mediate these cases are certified as family court mediators by the Florida Supreme Court.

Dependency Mediation

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

The 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 or neglect. Multiple agencies are generally involved in these mediation sessions whereby the best interests 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

The 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 the program.

Non-binding Arbitration

(954) 831-6313

The program reviews all applications for non-binding arbitration and maintains an updated listing of qualified non-binding arbitrators. The program also maintains statistics for non-binding arbitration orders and hearings in Broward County.

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

Broward Community Justice Alternatives

(954) 831-6004

The program offers mediation for prefiled cases and agency referrals. 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.

The 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.

Florida Supreme Court certified county mediators will be assigned to assist the parties in each case to help resolve the issues. A fee maybe applicable for self referral cases where the parties agree to mediate.