Florida

State/Local Funding

  • The Florida Judiciary is both state and locally funded. 
  • The state pays for the Appellate Courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts and for the salaries of trial court judges, support staff and clerical staff.  The counties pay for technology, security and for the local courthouses and equipment.

State Revenue and Appropriation

  • Florida’s total state and federal grant appropriation was decreased from $458.1 million in FY12 to $443.9 million in FY13.  Combined state general and special funds were reduced.  The Judicial Branch budget was .7% of the total state budget in FY11/12 and .6% in FY12/13. 
  • The budget situation in the next three years is likely to improve.

Funding Principles for Judicial Administration

  • The Judicial Branch presents the Judiciary’s budget request directly to the Legislative body without prior approval by the Executive Branch.
  • The Judicial Branch does not have authority to manage and administer appropriated funds without restrictions of detailed budget line items.

Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times

Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:  Over the past four years, the number of judges and trial court and central office staff and the amount spent on operating expenses has remained the same.  In the coming year, the number of judges and staff and the amount spent on operating expenses will continue to remain the same.

Efficiency Measures:  Courts and Clerks (who are independently elected constitutional officers) are working collaboratively to establish a single statewide e-filing portal for all courts and all case types and additionally are implementing judge viewer systems that provide for a paperless courtroom.  This initiative is expected to produce savings for filers and clerks’ offices as well as creating significant improvements in efficiencies in the disposition of cases.

Reports and Articles

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