Public defenders under strain with high case loads, low budget

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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.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/PublicDefendersWRAP.mp3]

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.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/QAGoodnerCourtsBudget.mp3]

 

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