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What are the benefits of community mediation?  


  • It’s a free service
  • Information is confidential (pursuant to 44.401 Florida Statutes)
  • Attorneys are not required
  • Parties actively participate in the mediation process
  • Parties decide the outcome of the mediation process
  • Conferences are held during convenient hours, day or evening

How much does community mediation cost?

Community Mediation is free.

What occurs during a community mediation conference?

Only parties directly involved in the disputed matter are allowed to attend the community mediation conference.  Witnesses seldom participate in a conference and only when determined necessary by the mediator and consented to by all parties.  The mediator explains the process and each party has an opportunity to state their view of the dispute.  Information obtained during the process is confidential pursuant to 44.401 44.201 (5) Florida Statutes.

What happens if an agreement is reached or not reached?

When an agreement is reached, the mediator prepares a written document reflecting the parties’ agreement.  Both parties are asked to sign the agreement.  Each party is provided with a copy of the agreement for their records.  Disputes resolved through mediation eliminate the need for a court hearing, which reduces the time and expense involved.  Should an agreement not be reached or the responding party does not appear, the complainant may file the case with the court or appropriate agency.

How do I request community mediation?

Individuals or businesses wishing to request a community mediation conference need to fill out a Community Mediation Request Form. Be sure to fill out the form fully and send or fax to the address indicated in the form.  Detailed specifics are not discussed until the actual mediation conference.  Persons looking to mediate in the South Shore Regional Service Center located in Ruskin, FL, should contact (813) 672-7442.


Is mediation required? Can I get subpoenaed to attend mediation?

No, community mediation is voluntary.  Parties are not court-ordered to participate in the community mediation conference nor subpoenaed to attend.

Can community mediation/a mediator offer legal advice or representation in court?

No, the program does not provide legal advice nor representation. 

Who are the mediators?

The mediators are certified and trained in resolving conflicts.