Legal News

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Proposal for Increased Bar Fees
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Florida Bar

Summary: With a lack of funding to support the state’s legal-aid programs, a proposal was made to increase Bar fees to help support funding.

A proposal by former Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero and supported by over 500 lawyers was rejected by the Florida Supreme Court. The proposal would have allowed the Bar to charge an additional $100 a year to provide extra funding for the legal-aid programs in the state. The current dues are at $265 a year. The Bar did not support this proposal.

  
What
Where


The Justices split the vote 4-3 acknowledged that “there is an urgent need to develop new solutions and sustainable sources of funding for legal aid.” They wrote that there needed to be a more complete approach to the need than just raising Bar dues.

The dissenting Justices made a point that while “lawyers of this state cannot and should not be required to be the group of individuals solely and exclusively responsible for the monetary needs or programs necessary to provide access to justice for all Florida citizens” this proposal would have been a simple tool to provide “relief and a safety net” to those most needy.

In the past few years, there has been a growing need for legal services for the needy but less funding has been coming in to support the need. The Florida Bar Foundation currently takes the interest from lawyers’ trust accounts to fund the aid programs. Interest rates are low right now, causing a reduction in revenue to be used.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-fla-court-rejects-fee-hike-legal-costs-20150710-story.html

Photo: floridabar.org





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience

USA-CA-Oakland

Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney with portable business

USA-VA-McLean

McLean office is seeking an immigration attorney with $500,000+ in portable business.

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Attorney with 4+ years of experience

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of our client seeks commercial litigation attorney with 4+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Managing Director, Litigation Finance Investments

USA-FL-Tampa

Title                ...

Apply now

Contract Associate

USA-CA-Sausalito

Seeking lawyer with at least 2 yrs experience in complex real estate transactional matters, with wil...

Apply now

Paralegal

USA-CO-Greeley

Growing full-service law firm based in Fort Collins and Greeley is seeking a full time Paralegal. Th...

Apply now

Associate

USA-NY-Syracuse

Our Syracuse, NY office seeks an Associate with 3-5 years experience defending general liabilit...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top