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A Review of Florida Circuit Courts

Report 15-13, December 2015

Report Summary

  • 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.

Related Reports
  1. A Review of the Florida District Courts of Appeal Boundaries and Workload
    Report 17-05 February 2017
  2. Review of Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission
    Report 15-12 December 2015
  3. Judicial Case Management Practices Vary Throughout State; Better Case Data Needed
    Report 09-06 January 2009
Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by email OPPAGA@oppaga.fl.gov, telephone (850) 488-0021, or mail 111 W. Madison St., Room 312 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475.
courts, court efficiency and effectiveness, case processing, court staffing, judicial training