Fla. chief justice seeks additional court funding

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 30, 2011, 1:49pm


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -- Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady has asked Gov. Rick Scott for more funding so the state's courts can continue to operate.

According to The Associated Press, Canady wrote Scott and other state officials this week informing them of a projected $108 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.

The court system's budget is about $361.2 million.

Revenues from fees were expected to be about $432 million. However, that number has been decreased to $272.9 million.

A spokesman for the state's high court pointed to the reduced number of foreclosure filings as of late.

"The filings in the foreclosure cases have just been incredibly volatile," Craig Waters, a spokesman for the state Supreme Court, told the AP.

"The reality just has not panned out to be as much as predicted."

According to the AP, Canady is asking Scott to order $45.6 million in funding for the courts. He says that is enough to keep the system running through March.

The rest, he says, will have to be addressed by the Legislature in January.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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