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The 2017 Florida Statutes

Title V
JUDICIAL BRANCH
Chapter 44
MEDIATION ALTERNATIVES TO JUDICIAL ACTION
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F.S. 44.404
44.404 Mediation; duration.
(1) A court-ordered mediation begins when an order is issued by the court and ends when:
(a) A partial or complete settlement agreement, intended to resolve the dispute and end the mediation, is signed by the parties and, if required by law, approved by the court;
(b) The mediator declares an impasse by reporting to the court or the parties the lack of an agreement;
(c) The mediation is terminated by court order, court rule, or applicable law; or
(d) The mediation is terminated, after party compliance with the court order to appear at mediation, by:
1. Agreement of the parties; or
2. One party giving written notice to all other parties in a multiparty mediation that the one party is terminating its participation in the mediation. Under this circumstance, the termination is effective only for the withdrawing party.
(2) In all other mediations, the mediation begins when the parties agree to mediate or as required by agency rule, agency order, or statute, whichever occurs earlier, and ends when:
(a) A partial or complete settlement agreement, intended to resolve the dispute and end the mediation, is signed by the parties and, if required by law, approved by the court;
(b) The mediator declares an impasse to the parties;
(c) The mediation is terminated by court order, court rule, or applicable law; or
(d) The mediation is terminated by:
1. Agreement of the parties; or
2. One party giving notice to all other parties in a multiparty mediation that the one party is terminating its participation in the mediation. Under this circumstance, the termination is effective only for the withdrawing party.
History.s. 4, ch. 2004-291.