Mediation is a consensual process. While serving as your mediator, Mr. Bowen shall remain impartial while guiding the process and will work toward facilitating a resolution among the parties, however, any ultimate resolution will only be achieved by agreement of the parties. As your mediator, Mr. Bowen has no authority to impose a resolution nor adjudicate any aspect of your dispute. Mr. Bowen is not permitted to offer any legal advice, nor any opinion as to the ultimate outcome of any dispute he is mediating, and as such, nothing Mr. Bowen says or does during a mediation should be construed as legal advice or a prediction of outcome. Mr. Bowen will at all times respect the right of self determination of the parties. Communications made during the mediation process shall remain confidential, except where disclosure is required or permitted by law.
Any mediation conducted by Mr. Bowen, shall be conducted under the rules set forth in Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, as if it were court ordered, regardless of whether the court has entered a formal order of referral to Mediation. In addition, any applicable Court Order referring the matter to Mediation will govern the proceedings, and in Federal cases, the Rules of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Local Rules 9.01 – 9.07) shall apply. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act, Fla. Stat. §44.401, et. Seq. on confidentiality shall apply. The Florida Supreme Court has certified Mr. Bowen as a Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has certified Mr. Bowen as a Federal Court Mediator, for the Middle District of Florida. The Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators as well as Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, will govern Mr. Bowen’s role as Mediator. Without limitation of the foregoing, Fla. Stat. §44.107(1) on Mediator immunity shall apply.