Deal brokered to loan Florida court system money to avoid furloughs, cuts

TALLAHASSEE — Chief Justice Charles Canady and Gov. Rick Scott's Office have agreed on a plan to loan money from reserves to Florida's court system to avoid furloughs and curtailing some legal services through May.

Wednesday's agreement will cover part of a $72.3 million shortfall in court funding blamed on a sharp drop in mortgage foreclosure filing fees.

The remaining shortfall through the end of the budget year on June 30 will be covered through a supplemental appropriation from the Legislature that wasn't part of Canady's loan request.

Final details and the exact amount of the loan were not immediately available.

The shortfall is temporary as foreclosure filings are expected to increase in the next budget year.

House and Senate budget bills for next year include funds to repay the loans.

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