Mediator Disciplinary Actions

first_imgMediator Disciplinary Actions Prepared by the Florida Dispute Resolution Center _________________________________________________________ The Mediator Qualifications Board — a committee under authority of and appointed by the Florida Supreme Court — recently disciplined one certified mediator. Darlene J. Brower, 8282 Sycamore Drive, New Port Richey. Certification: 19564CF. (Case Number: MQB 2013-015) Case Type: Family. Summary: Sanctioned by Order Accepting Admission to Formal Charges and Imposing Sanctions entered on October 29, 2015. Browner admitted the allegations and agreed to be decertified as a Supreme Court certified family mediator and not ever apply for any certification as a Florida Supreme Court mediator. Findings: In a dissolution of marriage case, Browner, who owns and operates a document preparation and mediation business, made changes requested by the wife to the parties’ marital settlement agreement after the mediation and before the parties signed the agreement without consulting the husband; prepared numerous legal documents not directly related to the mediation for the parties and notarized the parties’ signatures; had signed a cease and desist order in 2012 in an unlicensed practice of law case with The Florida Bar indicating she understood what a non-lawyer can and cannot do relating to document preparation and qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO); and made decisions for the parties without their input, prepared documents that were beyond her skill level and experience, failed to respect the roles of other professional disciplines, and engaged in the practice of law by preparing the QDRO and identifying herself as a paralegal when she is not. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators violated: 10.220, Mediator’s Role; 10.330, Impartiality; 10.340, Conflicts of Interest; 10.370, Advice, Opinions, or Information; 10.410, Balanced Process; 10.520, Compliance with Authority; 10.620, Integrity and Impartiality; 10.640, Skill and Experience; 10.670, Relationships with Other Professionals. Mediator Disciplinary Actions March 1, 2016 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Witnesses confuse innocent and guilty suspects with ‘unfair’ lineups, psychology research shows

first_imgPinterest Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Emailcenter_img Police lineups in which distinctive individual marks or features are not altered can impair witnesses’ ability to distinguish between innocent and guilty suspects, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The research, conducted by a team of psychology researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK, builds on existing eyewitness identification studies suggesting that so-called “unfair lineups,” in which the police suspect stands out, make witnesses more willing to identify that suspect.“Worse still, it could impair their ability to distinguish between guilty and innocent suspects and distort their ability to judge the trustworthiness of their identification decision,” says Melissa Colloff, lead author on the study. Share on Twitter In contrast to film and TV depictions in which a witness views a police lineup via a one-way mirror, lineups today typically involve the witness looking at and evaluating digital photos. Using digital images gives the police the ability to disguise distinguishing features.Colloff and colleagues examined the three methods currently used by English police forces to manipulate digital images in order to counteract the effect of any distinguishing marks such as black eyes, eyeglasses, and beards. In an online experiment with almost 9,000 participants, the researchers compared the three techniques – pixelating part of the face, hiding part of the face, or manipulating the photos so they contain the same feature (e.g., adding a beard) – with digital lineups that were not manipulated.Participants watched a brief video of a crime and were told to pay attention as they would be asked questions about it later. Afterward, they completed several distractor tasks that were unrelated to the study. They were then presented with a lineup composed of two rows of three photos and were told that the culprit may or may not be present in the lineup.The participants were asked to select one of the photos in the lineup as the culprit or choose the option labelled “not present.” Finally, they rated how confident they were in making their identification (1 = completely uncertain, 100 = completely certain).The results showed that participants were more willing to identify the suspect when they viewed a lineup in which the suspect alone had a distinguishing feature compared with the altered lineups.More importantly, they were less able to distinguish between actual guilty suspects and innocent suspects (i.e., those who shared the culprit’s distinctive feature) when they viewed lineups that had not been altered compared with altered lineups.“When the suspect was the only person with the distinctive feature, this actually made people more likely to confuse who was guilty and who was innocent,” Colloff explains. “That’s because they weren’t really using their memory of the culprit’s face, they were just picking the only plausible option – the only one with the scar that they remembered from the crime video – and this made it difficult for people to tell the difference between the real culprit and an innocent suspect who had a similar feature.”The results indicated that the three fair lineup techniques currently used by police were equally effective.“This research has crucial implications for the police–it suggests there are multiple ways in which police officers can fairly accommodate distinctive suspects in lineups,” concludes study co-author Kimberley Wade.last_img read more

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No pain, no gain in BIM

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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