State court furloughs temporarily averted

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott has approved a loan of more than 19 million dollars to cover day-to-day court costs in the state judicial system.

The decision came a day after Palm Beach County's Chief Judge Peter Blanc said courthouse staff could have faced two weeks of unpaid furloughs.

State money fueling the court system was drying up.

Foreclosure filings dropped statewide.

Fees courts charge for those filings make up a large part of the court system budget.

The Palm Beach County Courthouse was facing 14 days worth of staff furloughs this month leading to possible longer wait times for court cases of all types.

That didn't come to good news to people at the courthouse, like Rick Chapman of The Acreage.

He came to the courthouse for a hearing on a speeding ticket.

"There shouldn't be any layoffs because there's plenty of ways to get money for the courts to keep these things open," said Chapman.

In Tallahassee, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said if the loan didn't happen, it could have led to bad results.

"It would have created a tremendous backlog in civil courts and criminally we're not going to let people out on the streets so the courts had to stay in business and we're just thankful that that got all resolved today," said Bondi.

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