BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Florida Supreme Court has requested 35 new judges be created in the state, but only one more in Broward.
Justices said that Broward should get one more county court judge.
They recommended that Miami-Dade get eight new county court judges. Palm Beach County should get five new county court judges.
The court has a constitutional requirement to determine Florida’s need for additional judges.
Justices noted in its request, formally called The Certification of Need For Additional Judges, “that, due in large part to the recession, the judicial branch has had no increase in trial court judges since 2007, despite a documented need.”
They said “preliminary Fiscal Year 2013/2014 indicates a six percent increase in probate filings, a nine percent increase in dependency filings, and a circuit civil filing (excluding real property/mortgage foreclosures) increase of one percent. Conversely, domestic relations filings declined by three percent, while felony and juvenile delinquency filings experienced a seven percent decline…. (thus the) request is conservative in that we are requesting the minimum number of trial judges necessary to address sustained documented workload”
“Although constitutionally required to certify judicial need, we are mindful of competing funding needs both elsewhere in state government and within the judicial branch.”
The Legislature will have the final word on the request.