Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mars Needs More Judges!

And so does Florida, according to our Tally overlords:
Using objective standards, this Court has examined case filing and disposition data, analyzed various judicial workload indicators, applied a three-year average net need, and considered judgeship requests submitted by the lower courts. Applying this methodology, this Court certifies the need for forty-six judgeships statewide, seven of which are in circuit court and thirty-nine in county court as detailed in the attached appendix. As noted in previous opinions, our judges and court staff continue to work diligently to administer justice, promptly resolve disputes, and ensure that children, families, and businesses receive the proper amount of judicial attention for their cases. They do so despite a demonstrated need for new judges and with a smaller staffing complement.
And here's a little gloom-and-doom:
Many of our chief judges lament the long waits associated with obtaining hearing times. In some circuits, dockets are so full that it takes several weeks to schedule a hearing. This is especially true for scheduling lengthy hearings. Similarly, judges must schedule lengthy jury trials months in advance. Judges continue to report to their chief judges that they are less able to devote adequate time to hearings due to their overall workload. This observation is of particular concern as it strikes at the essence of access to the courts as well as public trust and confidence in our courts.
Several weeks?

That seems pretty good by South Florida standards, no?


Godwhacker said...

No need for human judges. Just segregate defendants by socioeconomic status and render verdicts by a point system.

I'm spreading Affluenza like a plague!

Sampson Greenovich said...

I couldn't agree more the point system would be much better by socioeconomic standards. Thank you for your suggestion. |