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A Review of Florida Circuit Courts, Report No. 15-13, December 2015
 
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  • Florida’s 20 circuit courts use various nationally- recognized practices to facilitate efficient case management, including technology such as e-filing. The courts’ transition to a technology-driven environment has encountered challenges.
  • The 67 clerks of court each maintain the court’s official records in a case maintenance system (CMS). The circuit courts are developing software systems that import data from these CMSs, display it uniformly within the circuit, and add functions such as the ability to search, notate, and sign records, and monitor cases and caseloads. The Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) is building a statewide system to import data from these local systems and the clerks’ centralized case information system for the courts’ use in monitoring and improving case management and court performance.
  • Nationwide, there is no standard formula for determining the appropriate number of court staff; Florida’s Trial Court Budget Commission uses a variety of methods to determine staffing levels. While a need for additional case managers and staff attorneys has been identified, the commission may wish to refine its approach to staffing need projections.
  • Judicial and court staff training is designed to meet statutory and professional standards and occurs almost exclusively in-state through structured conferences. Like other states, Florida may wish to increase its distance education opportunities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Courts System
Circuit Courts
County Courts
Supreme Court
Judicial Qualifications Commission

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-05 A Review of the Florida District Courts of Appeal Boundaries and Workload,published in February 2017.
  • Report No. 15-12 Review of Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission, published in December 2015.
  • Report No. 09-06 Judicial Case Management Practices Vary Throughout State; Better Case Data Needed, published in January 2009.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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