Kinnard Mediation Center
The Kinnard Mediation Center (formerly known as the Circuit Mediation Office) conducts mediation of civil appeals under Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 33 and Eleventh Circuit Rule 33-1. The Court’s mediation process provides opportunities for parties to resolve their dispute confidentially with the help of a neutral third-party. Each year hundreds of appeals are resolved through the mediation program.
The circuit mediators of the Kinnard Mediation Center are full-time court employees and have extensive trial and appellate experience as well as extensive experience in negotiation, mediation, and Eleventh Circuit practice and procedures. The circuit mediators are located in Atlanta and Miami.
Since October 1, 2006, the court has allowed for the substitution of private mediators upon agreement of all parties at their expense. Rule 33-1(g) and the document “Private Mediator Procedures for Mediation of Appeals” provide the procedures and requirements that govern the use of private mediators for this purpose.