Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Court Continuity

The Supreme Court of Florida just released an Administrative Order creating a Florida Court Continuity Workgroup, consisting of a seventeen member task force meant to find ways for the courts to operate as fully as possible during each stage of the Coronavirus pandemic. Chief Justice Charles Canady selected our very own Ninth Circuit Judge Lisa Munyon to chair this workgroup. I worked alongside her as a General Civil Magistrate, hearing matters in Orange County's Circuit-Civil Division Business Court cases. She is a very effective judge and also leads the statewide Florida Courts Technology Commission that explores traditional and innovative methods of utilizing compatible technology infrastructures to improve case management and efficiencies in the judicial branch. As chair of the new workgroup, she will guide esteemed law professionals from across the state in their mission to examine the current status of court proceedings, propose methods and rule changes, find solutions for legal issues, and in recommending the priority of proceedings to resume. Specific to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the members will identify and propose solutions for implementation challenges and cost issues associated with the use of remote technology. The workgroup will also consult with other stakeholders and public health experts to determine the best way to implement a plan for a staged return to full court operations. See full order AOSC20-208 here--

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

New Florida Supreme Court ADR Order

The Supreme Court of Florida in monitoring and taking measures to address the effects on court operations of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has issued a new order affecting mediators and arbitrators. As the Supreme Court of Florida is the authority to establish standards and procedures for qualifications, certification, conduct, and training for mediators and arbitrators who are appointed pursuant to Florida Statutes, the court has issued an order during this crisis including: -Granting deadline extensions and abating late fee assessments for mediator certification and mediator renewal. -Allowing certified mediation training programs, approved arbitration and approved parenting coordination training programs to be conducted online. -Allowing certified mediators to complete all of their CME requirements in any format including non-live programs. -Granting deadline extensions for approved mediation trainers and certified mediation training program provider renewal applications. -Providing for remote training means instead of physical attendance through the end of the year for mediators and arbitrators. In addition, the Dispute Resolution Center will accept mediator certification applications and mediator renewal materials electronically. Instructions for electronic submission will be sent to individual mediators at the time of renewal notification. Materials can be faxed to 850-922-9290 or emailed to See full order here--