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Follow-up Report on the Review of Public Guardianship Within the State Court System, Report No. 97-05, July 1997
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  • Public guardianship is not a necessary function for state government; in Florida, at least three circuits have established local programs without state oversight, and some other circuits are served by volunteer organizations. The current allocation of state program funds is not based on a statewide evaluation that prioritizes and addresses statewide need.
  • For the past eight years, state funds have been used to provide Public Guardian services in only 3 of 20 circuits, despite requests from Chief Judges in other circuits for state funded offices.
  • We recommend that the Legislature discontinue state funding for the three Public Guardian Offices.

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