FLORIDA ENACTS NEW FLORIDA ARBITRATION CODE

Florida has totally revised its statutory provisions regarding arbitrations.

As of July 1, 2013, Chapter 682 of the Florida Statutes now is known as the Revised Florida Arbitration Code and applies to all agreements to arbitrate that are made on or after July 1, 2013. §682.013(1), Fla. Stat. (2013). It can apply to arbitration agreements made before July 1, 2013, if all the parties agree.  Otherwise, the law existing at the time of the arbitration agreement applies through June 30, 2016. Commencing on July 1, 2016, all arbitration agreements, regardless of their date, will be governed by the Revised Florida Arbitration Code. §682.013(4), Fla. Stat. (2013). The statute does not apply to any arbitration that commenced, or any right that accrued, before July 1, 2013.

I will be revising some of the articles discussing florida arbitration law to take account of the changes.  In the meantime, readers should check the new statutory provisions, and study the date of the agreement, before relying on articles based on previous versions of the statute.