Public defenders under strain with high case loads, low budget
The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear arguments for a case about whether the Miami-Dade County public defenders office can refuse to represent some clients in light of excessive caseloads. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Lauren Rautenkranz reports on the current work load for public defenders for the 8th judicial circuit in North Central Florida and how excessive case loads affect clients’ representation.
The court systems are reviewing their new budget for the new fiscal year now that the state budget has been finalized. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis spoke with the State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner about how the courts feel about the funding.
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