Florida High Court Hears Debate About Fee-Hike Proposal

Acknowledging the funding crisis, the Florida Supreme Court considers Florida Bar due increases to fund legal aid services.

News Story (Florida)

Rene Stutzman
Orlando Sentinel
December 2, 2014
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Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Florida Bar Foundation, Florida Supreme Court


The majority of Florida’s Supreme Court justices agreed today that the way Florida goes about providing free lawyers to the poor is in the midst of a funding crisis, but they gave no clear signals about whether they’d vote to increase Florida Bar dues from $265 to $365 a year to fix it.

Former Florida Justice Raoul Cantero, now in private practice in Miami, had petitioned the court, along with more than 500 other attorneys, urging it to authorize the Florida Bar to raise annual dues.

The extra $100 would produce $10 million a year and pay for legal aid to the poor.