The state court system has undergone significant changes since 2019, both within the judicial system and in the services offered to the public. Such changes aim to improve Florida’s judicial process.
This year, two important changes have occurred. These changes will increase the court system’s efficiency in handling judicial matters.
Changes in 2023
On January 1, 2023, Florida’s county court jurisdictional threshold increased from $30,000 to $50,000. Florida law will require an adjustment of the threshold for county court jurisdiction every ten years beginning in 2030 based on the change in consumer price index (CPI), The CPI is the average change over time in consumer prices for goods and services. The Office of Economic & Demographic Research in conjunction with the Office of the State Courts Administrator will make and announce these changes
Also effective January 1, 2023, the state formally recognized a Sixth District Court of Appeals, its first new official court of appeals since the 1970s. The purpose of the new court is to provide additional resources for the judicial review of lower court decisions. It also aims to provide the public with added confidence in the state’s court system. Nine judges will serve on this court.
Since December 2020, the state’s Governor has made three judicial appointments to the court. Additional staff, including administrative support and staff attorneys, will be in place to provide support. There is also a workgroup responsible for identifying and making recommendations for the adequate functioning of the court. The workgroup has been split into several subcommittees, each with its responsibilities.
Improvements to the judicial system and resources are crucial. Knowing what is changing this year can help guide people as they navigate legal matters.