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1. What would have prompted the order. As you suggested, it is certainly possible that this came straight from the judge or a court coordinator. Many Florida courts have local rules or requirements as to the progression of cases. As part of that progression, the judge or a court coordinator may routinely check to see if cases are ready for arbitration or mediation.
2. Amended order. Yes, it would be expected that, before the amended order, there would have been an original order and that order would have been sent to you. I can only speculate as to why that did not happen here. Perhaps the original order got lost. Perhaps the attorney forgot to send it out. Perhaps it was destroyed. While it would have been nice to have had it, it would have been rendered moot by the amended order anyway.
3. Good cause from lack of disclosure. Yes, I would agree that this is a good reason to delay the proceedings as disclosures have not been provided. Much like a trial, you cannot properly present your case in arbitration or mediation if you do not have all the disclosures available to you. While I understand keeping costs low, you really should consider filing a motion to compel and moving forward on that immediately.
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For #4 "good cause" -- it indicates that a "Motion to Dispense" is required. In the Motion, Def. can argue that Plaintiff has failed to respond to RFP. Is it necessary to first file Motion to Compel Discovery? In other words, is an MTC needed, too, in order for the " Motion to Dispense with Mediation" be granted? Or is it sufficient, to affirm in Motion to Dispense that Plaintiff has failed to respond to Discovery?
While a motion to compel is not legally "needed", I would suggest that it would be helpful. Not only would such a motion re-affirm the problem, it would also demonstrate that you are taking steps to address the problem.
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