Florida Supreme Court Opines That 63 More Trial Judges Are Needed (Plus 1 Appellate Court Judge): News Release of the Week

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The Florida Supreme Court has issued its opinion on the current state of the Florida judiciary system, with the following statement provided on its official website, in this our News Release of the Week: 

Certification of the Need for New Judges In Florida 2000 through 2012

Each year the Supreme Court issues its opinion certifying the need for new judges throughout the State of Florida, an annual requirement imposed upon the Court by the state Constitution. This opinion sets the presumed number of new judges that could be created in local counties and circuits. However, the legislature has the final say as to whether new judgeships are created and funded.

For district courts and trial courts, the determination for need is based on a complex calculation of caseloads. The Supreme Court uses a system for determining caseloads that takes into account the differing amounts of time needed in different kinds of cases. More complex kinds of cases receive greater weight under this system than simpler cases. It is called the "Weighted Caseload System." Thus, the certification is not a statement of what the Supreme Court simply wants, but rather what it has determined is objectively needed using the calculations dictated by the weighted caseload system.

For an overview of the district courts system, read the Workload Report and the follow up Review of Case Weights Report. Also contained in the Workload Report are the DCA Case Weights.

For the trial courts system overview, read the Executive Summary of the Judicial Resource Study Final Report recommending it be used by the Court. A brief Introduction of how it came to be used in Florida also is available along with the full Report. In addition, the full Report includes the Trial Court Case Weights.

Read the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000 certification opinions. Statistics on Legislative Funding of prior certification requests also are available.

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All inquiries:

Craig Waters, (850) 414-7641, Publicinformation@flcourts.org

 

Topics:  Judges

Published In: Administrative Agency Updates, Constitutional Law Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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