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All Florida courts to close Friday

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All Florida state courts will be closed Friday as Hurricane Irma approaches and threatens most of the state, Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said Wednesday, citing the safety of court users, court staff and judges.

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Hurricane Matthew causing court closures

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The possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew along the state’s east coast is causing a variety of court closures. As of 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, courts in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties announced shutdowns for Thursday and Friday. That makes a total of 12 counties where courts are closed or will close this week because of the storm, according to Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami is closed Thursday and Friday, and the 4th District Court of Appeal…

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