Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.730

As amended through March 26, 2024
(a) No Agreement. If the parties do not reach an agreement as to any matter as a result of mediation, the mediator shall report the lack of an agreement to the court without comment or recommendation. With the consent of the parties, the mediator's report may also identify any pending motions or outstanding legal issues, discovery process, or other action by any party which, if resolved or completed, would facilitate the possibility of a settlement.
(b) Agreement. If a partial or final agreement is reached, it must be reduced to writing and signed by the parties and their counsel, if any. Signatures may be original, electronic, or facsimile and may be in counterparts. The agreement must be filed when required by law or with the parties' consent. A report of the agreement must be submitted to the court or a stipulation of dismissal will be filed. By stipulation of the parties, the agreement may be transcribed or electronically recorded. In such event, the transcript may be filed with the court. The mediator must report the existence of the signed or transcribed agreement to the court without comment within 10 days thereof. No partial or final agreement under this rule may be reported to the court except as provided herein.
(c) Enforceability. The parties may not object to the enforceability of an agreement on the ground that communication technology was used for participation in the mediation conference if such use was authorized under rule 1.700(a).
(d) Imposition of Sanctions. In the event of any breach or failure to perform under the agreement, the court upon motion may impose sanctions, including costs, attorneys' fees, or other appropriate remedies including entry of judgment on the agreement.

FL. R. Civ. P. 1.730

Amended by 47 Fla. L. Weekly S187, effective 10/1/2022; amended by 292 So. 3d 660, effective 1/1/2020; amended by 682 So.2d 105, effective 1/1/1997; amended by 563 So.2d 85, effective 7/1/1990.

Committee Notes

1996 Amendment. Subdivision (b) is amended to provide for partial settlements, to clarify the procedure for concluding mediation by report or stipulation of dismissal, and to specify the procedure for reporting mediated agreements to the court. The reporting requirements are intended to ensure the confidentiality provided for in section 44.102(3), Florida Statutes, and to prevent premature notification to the court.