Florida bill would require judiciary consider inflation adjusting everything from fines to small claims jurisdiction levels

Every state judiciary is confronted with monetary references, whether it is jurisdictional (Circuit Court hears cases above $X) to fines/fees and everything in between. Typically changing these references takes an act of the state legislature and are often not done for years, if not decades, with no regard for things like inflation.

Florida SB 264, prefiled for 2014, would change that dynamic for the courts and every other agency of government. Under its provisions the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation on behalf of itself and the clerks of the state’s trial courts and the Office of the State Courts Administrator on behalf of the judicial branch would have until July 2015 to come up with a list of every statutory monetary reference with respect to the clerks/courts. The list would also be required to specify when each monetary reference was last adjusted and a recommendation on how much it should increase to account for inflation. The list and recommendations would then be reviewed and submitted in October 2015 for the 2016 legislative session.

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