The County Civil Mediation Program provides mediators to meet with disputing parties. The mediators are trained and certified by the Supreme Court of Florida and are appointed to a case by the court. Mediators are third-party facilitators who help the disputing parties reach mutual and voluntary agreements.
Florida Rules of Civil Procedure limits the amount in controversy referred to the court-connected mediation program to $15,000.00. Any amount exceeding $15,000.00 is required to utilize the services of a private mediator.
As an alternative, the Citizen Dispute Settlement Program offers an opportunity to settle disputes by attending mediation before filing a Small Claims or County Court lawsuit. Participation in pre-filing mediation is voluntary and is at no cost to either party.