TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 29, 2012 – Florida’s foreclosure crisis has affected more than homeowners, real estate agents and banks. It has put the courts in a bind, and this year forced state legislators to reverse the way the third branch of government is funded, just three years after having changed it in 2009.
While changing how the court system gets its money, legislators spared the courts from budget cuts. The $446 million in the 2012-13 budget for all of the state’s judges and their assistants, including circuit, county and appellate courts as well as the Supreme Court, is up slightly from the $437 million allocated in the previous year’s budget.
The courts’ budget does not cover state attorneys and public defenders, who received the same amount as last year: $384 million for the state attorneys, $184 million for the public defenders and $13 million for appellate public defenders.