Court calls for 49 new judges

first_img Court calls for 49 new judges Senior Editor Florida’s courts need 49 new judges — two on the district courts of appeal and 47 for the trial courts — the Florida Supreme Court said in its annual certification opinion.The certification comes on the heels of 43 requested new judges in early 2000 — none of which were funded due to a legislative oversight — and 44 last year, of which 26 were approved.The court, in a unanimous per curiam opinion issued January 3, asked for one more appellate judge each for the Second and Fourth district courts of appeal.In the trial courts, the justices asked for 34 new circuit judgeships and 13 new county judgeships. Broward County would see the biggest increase, with five new circuit judges and three new county judges. Palm Beach County was certified for three new circuit judges and two new county judges.Other circuit certifications included three judges each in the Ninth and 20th circuits, two each in the Sixth, Seventh, 10th, and 13th circuits, and one each in the Eighth, 14th, and 18th circuits. In the county courts, the opinion asked for two additional judges each in Orange and Seminole Counties, and one each in Duval, Lake, Bay, and Collier counties.Chief circuit judges had asked for a total of 35 new circuit judges and 16 county court judges. The Supreme Court approved only one of the two new circuit seats sought in the 18th Circuit, and did not approve new county judgeships sought in Marion, Highlands, and Columbia counties.On the two DCA judgeships, the court noted that except for one new judgeship on the Fifth DCA in 1999, no new appellate judges have been added since 1993. During that time, total filings for all DCAs have increase by 24 percent.Using central research staff, retired judges, and improved procedures have helped cope with that influx, the court said, but the new judges are now needed in the Second and Fourth DCAs, where both filings and dispositions per judge are at or above the state’s average. The Second DCA has a higher caseload, while the Fourth is experiencing a rapid growth in population, filings, and the number of trial court judges.For the trial courts, the justices noted until 1999, they used criteria found in Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.035(l). In later years, that was modified at the request of the legislature and the courts used the “Delphi” method of weighting cases and measuring the time each filing takes to handle.“The Delphi-based case weighting analysis addresses the differences in the amount of time that must be spent on each case depending on the case type,” the opinion said. “We have applied the Delphi ‘reasonable workload’ standard in all case types, except for cases related to dissolutions of marriage, drug offenses, eviction, and civil traffic infractions. We have also adjusted for several factors that impact judicial workload, including differing jury trial rates in each circuit and county court and the number of judges actually requested by each circuit after careful consideration by the chief judge of the circuit.”If the strict Delphi criteria were followed, the court said the certification would have been for 67.5 new circuit judges and 27.6 new county judges.The court also said that many support services for the courts, including senior judges, general masters, trial court staff attorneys, hearing officers, mediators, and case management support, are essential.“These resources are necessary for the effective and efficient operation of Florida’s trial courts,” the opinion said. “Any diminution in supplemental resources from existing levels as a result of budget reductions or the implementation of the 1998 revision to Article V, Section 14 of the Florida Constitution [which shifted substantial trial court costs from the counties to the state] will increase the need for additional judges.”The court used the opinion to order further studies and tweaking of the evaluation method for new judgeships. Those include:• Asking for an appropriation to quantify how much judicial time is saved by mediators, hearing officers, and masters.• Establishing a new category to measure time needed for post-judgment matters in dissolution cases.• Directing the Drug Court Steering Committee and the Court Statistics and Workload Committee to study drug courts and develop standards for determining how much extra judicial time those courts require. The court noted that drug courts have been found very effective and the number is growing. But they require more than the 38 minutes per case allotted under the Delphi standards.In a footnote, the court said the requested number of judges this year certainly would have been lower had all 44 certified judges been approved last year. It continued, “The Delphi data for this year’s request indicates that at the circuit level there will be an overall increase in filings of 3.2 percent from 1999 to 2002. Once the ‘gap’ created by the transition to a case-weighted system is addressed, the numbers certified should reflect a more moderate increase in judicial need over time.”The opinion, In re: Certification of Need for Additional Judges, case no. SC01-2703, can be found on the court’s website by clicking here. January 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Court calls for 49 new judgeslast_img read more


first_imgGrants of €374,693 paid from the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in 2014 are providing great support to local businesses in Donegal, according to Junior Minister Joe McHugh.Michael Tunney of the Local Enterprise Board in Donegal.The Local Enterprise Offices are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.The new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) were launched last year to deliver an improved system of local enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country.The LEOs provide a ‘first-stop-shop’ for all Government supports for small business in easily accessible locations across the country.Deputy McHugh said “The LEOs form part of the Government’s strategy to spread the recovery to all regions of the country. This comes alongside the Regional Action Plan for Jobs being launched by the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton.“Previously some businesses were considered too large to access supports from City and County Enterprise Boards or as they were not exporting, they did not qualify for Enterprise Ireland supports and so fell between two stools. All categories of business are now benefitting from services provided by the LEOs.“Fine Gael is committed to supporting small and medium businesses that are at the heart of rural communities. Fine Gael’s Standing Up for Small Business campaign engaged closely with small, local businesses while the Standing Up for Rural Ireland campaign which has just been launched, calls for continued investment in rural services, particularly broadband.“The LEOs are a great resource for sole traders, micro businesses and small and medium sized companies seeking information and support on starting or growing a business.”GRANTS OF €374,693 AWARDED TO DONEGAL BUSINESSES BY LOCAL ENETRPRISE OFFICE was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EA to close inactive Origin accounts after 24 months

first_imgEagle-eyed readers of the Terms of Service for EA’s digital store Origin have discovered that EA has reserved the right to cancel your account if you don’t log in for two years.If you have not used your account for 24 months or more, the document reads, “your Account may be cancelled for non-use.” That would essentially make a user lose all the games and DLC they purchased on that account. The same clause, Clause 5, reserves the right to expire paid and free DLC, unlockable content, “digital and/or virtual assets,” all serial keys/codes, in-game achievements and virtual currencies.By comparison, Valve’s Steam, the dominant player in the digitally-distributed games market, reserves the right to terminate your account at any time. This clause, Clause 13, exists outside of other clauses that set aside Valve’s right to cancel your account for specific reasons such as cheating.It is important to note that neither service guarantees that your account will be cancelled for reasons of non-use. Rather, EA has only claimed the right to stop maintaining your account if you don’t connect in a two-year period.Still, the move is easily painted in the light of aggression that has underscored the Origin rollout over the last few weeks. EA seems to have particularly picked a fight with top dog Steam. First, shooter Crysis 2 was removed from Steam, and publisher EA later blamed Valve for the removal. Since then, EA’s Dragon Age 2 was also removed from Steam, and it has come to light that the highly anticipated Battlefield 3 won’t make it to Valve’s store as well.The gaming press has asked EA to comment on this Terms of Service. At time of writing, the company has issued no statement.via Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

Red Hat has updated their Red Hat Development Suit

first_imgRed Hat has updated their Red Hat Development Suite to version 2.0, including updates to Red Hat JBoss Development Suite and Red Hat Container Development Kit.“The general theme of this release is expanded usability, product integration, expanded support for Middleware products in Development Suite,” senior product manager of Developer Tools at Red Hat, Bob Davis said in the blog post announcing the updates.The Red Hat Development Suite installer is available for Windows, macOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and it will automatically download, install and configure selected tools such as EAP, Fuse and the Kompose 1.0 technical preview, a new addition to the suite.Kompose is a tool that can be used to convert Docker Compose files to Kubernetes or Red Hat OpenShift artifacts. Kompose was conceived as an onboarding tool for Kubernetes users by Skippbox (since acquired by Bitnami) and it received contributions from Google and Red Hat early in development. It’s now a part of the Kubernetes Community Project as of version 1.0.0. Kompose can be installed via YUM through another new addition, the Red Hat DevTools channel.last_img read more