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Rubio, Nelson propose expansion of federal judgeships

WASHINGTON - Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson today proposed adding a number of federal judges to the state.

They introduced the "Florida Federal Judicial Relief Act, legislation that would authorize one, six, and three additional judgeships in the northern, middle, and southern districts of Florida, respectively," according to a release.

"The bill also converts an existing judgeship from temporary to permanent for the southern district of Florida. These proposals are based on the recommendations of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which is the national policy-making body for the federal courts and makes recommendations on judgeships every two years."

Rubio: “The overwhelming caseload facing our judges is an undue burden for both our judicial system and the people of Florida. By following the recommendations of the Judicial Conference in authorizing these judgeships, we can help ensure a more efficient judicial system. I am proud to introduce this bill with Senator Nelson and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to authorize these important judgeships for Florida as it will have short and long term benefits for our judges and residents.”

Nelson: "Florida’s federal courts are some of the busiest in the country. This bill will help provide Floridians with better access to our legal system."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 25, 2017 2:31pm]

    

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