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Court Backlog Drains State Economy, Sparks Funding Reform


Tallahassee, FL – The demand on Florida's courts has increased dramatically, but the funding for them has dropped - $49 million over the last two years. As of October 2008, the backlog of civil cases statewide was roughly 338,000, according to a study earlier this year by the Washington Economics Group. As Margie Menzel reports, the backlog costs Florida tens of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars - and has brought the business community into the fray. This is the second of a five-part series.