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Many Article V Trial Courts Funding Issues Still Need to Be Resolved, Report No. 01-54, November 2001
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Article V of the Florida Constitution establishes the judicial branch of state government and defines the elements of the state courts system, including trial and appeals courts.

In 1998, voters passed Revision 7 to Article V, which directs the state to pay for “essential elements” of the trial courts system; counties previously paid for some of these functions. The Legislature is to review the major components of the courts system to prepare the state to assume additional costs by 2004.

  •  Several factors make it difficult to identify the costs of implementing Revision 7.
  • The essential elements of the trial courts system have not yet been defined. 
  •  There is no accurate, reliable expenditure data for the numerous components of the trial courts system.
  • There is a lack of reliable and accurate data on the assessment, collection, and disbursal of court fine and fee revenues, which help fund the courts system.
  • A statewide data system has not been developed to provide information within and between circuits.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

County Courts
Justice Administrative Commission  State Attorneys
Justice Administrative Commission  Public Defenders
State Courts System  (Courts)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-11A Clerk and Court State Funded Court-Related 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget Information,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 10-11 Little Duplication in Court-Related Services; Clerk/Court Cooperation Should Be Improved,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 03-24 Information Brief: Lack of Uniform Definitions Complicates Funding Article V Based on the Number of Cases Worked, published in March 2003.
  • Report No. 02-10 Information Brief: Guardian ad Litem Placement May Shift for Reasons of Funding and Conflict of Interest, published in February 2002.

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