Welcome to the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program
AN ALTERNATIVE TO JUDICIAL ACTION!
A free program provided by Volusia, St. Johns and Putnam Counties for all citizens
Mediation is an informal and private process after which neighbors can still be good neighbors, and friends remain friends. Mediation of disputes will save you time, money and stress compared with the alternative of filing a costly lawsuit. We provide you with a volunteer mediator trained and certified in dispute resolution who will assist you to work out your disagreement with a friend, neighbor, tenant or business contact.
Florida law requires that many civil cases first be mediated before going to trial. Our volunteers are the very same people who serve in this important judicial role! Why not take advantage of this opportunity BEFORE going to court?
Mediation is NOT arbitration-- in mediation you work with the guidance of your mediator to reach a result satisfactory to you and the other party. You make your own decisions!
Mission: To provide the Courts of the 7th Judicial Circuit and the citizens of its communities with mediation services that are professional, responsive to their needs and where neutrality is never compromised, confidentiality is respected, and agreements are always voluntary.
Vision: To provide mediation services to all citizens of the 7th Judicial Circuit Counties through its organizational values of confidentiality, reliability, consistency, service to others and ethics