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Courts seek pay raises, budget hike

Dorothy Wilson, chief of budget services for the Office of State Courts Administrator, discusses funding needs of the judicial branch after a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 10. photo credit Bill Cotterell

The state courts system is looking for a $35.7 million budget increase in next year's legislative session, including a 3.5 percent pay raise for employees of Florida's judicial branch.

In a brief public hearing Wednesday, chief budget officer Dorothy Wilson of the Office of State Courts Administrator also outlined a lengthy wish list of long-overdue building repairs for the state facilities that include the Supreme Court and four District Courts of Appeal, along with program needs in the trial and appellate courts. The 8.2 percent requested increase, already approved by the Supreme Court as head of the judicial branch, will be submitted to the Legislature next week.

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