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State courts declare financial emergency



A dramatic drop in mortgage foreclosures being filed in Florida has plunged the state's courts into a financial emergency that could jeopardize operations in every courtroom.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, in letters to Gov. Rick Scott and legislative budget leaders, has asked to borrow $72.3 million from other state funds to keep courts operating through the current budget year that ends June 30.

The problem arises just as lawmakers work to fill a $3.7 billion deficit in next year's budget and amid some of the worst relations ever between the three branches of state government. Read the whole story here. Scroll down to see the letters Canady wrote.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:50am]


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