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HB 5301 — Additional Judgeships

by Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and Rep. McBurney

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Appropriations Committee (AP)

This bill adds three new District Court of Appeal judgeships: two in the second district (Lakeland) and one in the fifth district (Daytona Beach).  The Supreme Court Order No. SC13-2296, dated December 19, 2013, certified the need for three additional judges in the appellate courts.

The Fiscal Year 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act appropriates $1.3 million in recurring general revenue and 12 full-time equivalent positions with associated salary rate, which funds the judges support staff and expenses (one appellate court judicial assistant and two appellate court law clerks for each judge).

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2014.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 100-17