Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


February 11, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Florida Lemon Law Arbitrators Needed

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that her office is seeking applications for new appointees to the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board. The board holds arbitration hearings throughout the state during which consumers and manufacturer representatives may appear and give testimony in an informal setting. The panel must then determine whether the consumer's vehicle meets the legal requirements to be declared a "lemon."

Arbitration hearings conducted by the New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board are open to the public. The process is free, fair and expeditious. Consumers are not required to be represented by attorneys to participate in the arbitration process, but may do so if they wish.

The board has 10 regions located in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Arbitration hearings are conducted in these cities or in nearby vicinities. A panel of three arbitrators hears each case. Hearings usually last two to four hours and are conducted during normal business hours. Arbitrators should be available at least two days each month.

A legal background, automotive technical experience, a background in engineering, experience or training in alternative dispute resolution, or general experience in reviewing and analyzing information are useful qualifications. The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to have the boards composition reflect the rich diversity of Florida's population. Completion of an arbitrator application form is required for consideration.

Applications for the term commencing July 1, 2011, must be received by March 31, 2011. Applications received after that date cannot be considered for the upcoming term but will be kept on file for consideration in the event of future vacancies. The application form and more information about the Lemon Law Arbitration Program are available on the Attorney Generals home page at http://myfloridalegal.com. Interested persons also can obtain an application by contacting Kairi Kapoor at (850) 414-3500 or Kairi.Kapoor@myfloridalegal.com or by writing to:
Office of the Attorney General
Lemon Law Arbitration Program
ATTN: Kairi Kapoor
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050