Changes to Civil Court SystemPosted March 22, 2018 in Firm News
Lawmakers are in talks of passing a bill that will shift tens of thousands of cases from the circuit civil court to the state’s county courts. County courts currently take cases seeking less than $15,000 but if the bill passes, they will be given jurisdiction over claims of $50,000 or less and the court civil cases will deal with cases above that limit.
Proponents of the new law believe that narrowing the jurisdiction of the circuit courts will lighten the heavy burden brought on by small debt collection and contract based lawsuits. Attorneys opposed to the change argue that the county court system is not equipped to handle the increased number and complexity of cases that will be filed in county court if the law passes. Additionally, opponents to this new law believe that the circuit court will become overburdened with appeals from the county court system due to the county’s expanded jurisdiction.
If the bill passes, the changes will take effect in July and will require the hiring of five more county court judges and two more circuit civil court judges. The Florida House is set to vote on Friday.