Supreme Court Seeks 80 More Florida Trial Judges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court says the state needs 80 more trial judges to handle increased workloads caused in part by past budget reductions that cut support staff.

The high court on Thursday, though, conceded the Legislature is
unlikely to approve any more new positions due to the state's dire
financial condition.

Florida is facing a potential budget shortfall of at least $3.6 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

No new trial judgeships and only one appellate position were created in the past four budget years despite a growing caseload including an avalanche of foreclosure filings.

As a fallback position the justices wrote that they hoped the need for more judges can be addressed when the state's fiscal condition improves.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by been there done that Location: usa on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:48 PM
    the american legal system is something to fear. it is so corrupt. they arrest you for penny anny crimes. if you are innosent and have a jury trial and found guilty by the idiots they pick you are faceing so much jail time. the legal system isa business. never say that you wont be on the other side. it is easy to these days. the prisions are full of your children for little of nothing just because it is the law.
  • by holy smoke on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    If you hadn't a spent 80 ba-jillion dollars on the new courthouse you'd have the money to hire people. People need to learn how to behave and let's put the courts out of business.
  • by uneployed Location: fl on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    we dont need 80 more judges liveing off the tax payers. let the one's we have now do their jobs.
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