Arbitration is a dispute resolution process whereby a neutral third person or panel, called an arbitrator or arbitration panel, considers the facts and arguments presented by the parties and renders a decision, which may be binding or nonbinding. Fla. Stat. Section 44.1011. The court may refer a contested civil action to nonbinding arbitration and shall be conducted according to the rules of practice and procedure adopted by the Supreme Court. Fla. Stat. Section 44.103.  The parties may also agree in writing to submit a contested civil dispute to voluntary binding arbitration. Fla. Stat. Section 44.104.

The Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit, or designee,  receives all applications for court arbitrators and maintains a list of qualified individuals who have agreed to serve as arbitrators.  Arbitrators shall serve at the pleasure of the Chief Judge and shall comply with the procedures and standards of professional conduct for arbitrators appointed pursuant to Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, the Florida Rules for Court-Appointed Arbitrators, and the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure.

Arbitrators included on this list have provided evidence of arbitrator qualifications pursuant to Florida Rules for Court-Appointed Arbitrators, Rule 11.010 and Rule 11.020.

If you wish to be included in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court appointed arbitrator list, please download and complete the Arbitrator Application.

Court Appointed Arbitrator List

It is the responsibility of the arbitrator to ensure contact information is current. For information about inclusion on this list, or to update contact information, email masmith@jud12.flcourts.org