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Court clerks funding case continues in capital

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A lawsuit over how the state funds its clerks of court is still trudging along in Tallahassee, court dockets show. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers set a case management conference for Sept. 7, after lawyers for plaintiff Howard Forman alerted the court of possible “additional or substituted parties.”

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Independent audit finds Florida court clerks need money, resources to keep with workload

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An independent audit finds Florida court clerks are struggling with increased workloads, declining revenue and need increased state funding to keep up. LobbyTools reports Sarasota Clerk of Court Karen Rushing presented the independent audit Tuesday to lawmakers on the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. Rushing said the report concluded that “resources are inadequate to meet the needs of the workload demand” and there is a pressing need for more funding to keep up with rising workloads and declining revenues. While case filings have fallen, Rushing…

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Florida Court Clerks to give traffic offenders a break April 18

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For one day only, Clerks of Court across Florida will be giving traffic violators a break. Operation Green Light is a statewide program where many of the state’s Court Clerks will accept overdue traffic tickets, criminal fines and fees, without charging the normal collection agency fees of up to 40 percent. This single-day amnesty event is Saturday, April 18, allowing customers to reinstate suspended driver’s licenses once paid in full. This program will help offenders prevent license suspension, a serious…

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