ORLANDO — Despite
a Supreme Court decision, Orange County is not in need of any new
circuit judges, according to a local civil-litigation attorney.
Eulo, who according to his firm's website
interned at the attorney general’s office, Criminal Appeals Bureau
and also with the public defender’s office for the 9th Judicial
Circuit in Orlando, said he has found Orange County to be one of the
better court systems in the state.
“I have never had a problem
or an issue with getting stuff done properly, thoroughly and
appropriately in Orange County,” he told the Florida Record.
“In theory, it makes sense,” he added. “In Orange County,
you look at the number of cases that they are looking at and dealing
with, and it is more. It is more that other counties. You walk over
to Brevard or, say, Manatee, the number of cases that are actually in
the courtroom seems like it is significantly less.”
despite the caseload, Orange County has a system that works,
according to Eulo.
“I had four cases the other day in Brevard.
It took us, to deal with four cases, from 1:30 until 5 o’clock at
night. You never see that in Orange County. Orange County stuff moves
a lot faster,” he said.
document was developed by the state Supreme Court following a
that monitored more than 900 trial-court judges. The study found
that caseloads had dropped 17 percent for circuit judges between 2012
and 2014. The decrease in real-estate lawsuits appeared to be a
factor for the decline.
The study also showed there was a 23
percent drop in caseloads for county judges, which was partly
attributable to the slowdown in drunk-driving cases.
Supreme Court has acknowledged that despite the drop in workload,
some of the cases are more complex, and many litigants have opted to
represent themselves, which places extra demands on judges.
the report, released in May 2016, there has been a request made to
add three more judges to the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County,
according to an article
by the Orlando Sentinel. There has been no response from the
Legislature, which has not added any new judges in the last 10
Eulo said he wasn’t convinced that the move was
“I think that other counties should look at the way
Orange County is doing stuff and how efficient they are doing stuff,”
“I think they have a lot of stuff on their plate, but I
think they are doing a great job.”
The case weights were last
updated in 2007, according to court
documents. There has been a recommendation to update the case
weights information at least every five years. The report also
recommended a study be done on the workload of trial court law clerks
and staff attorneys. It also went further and recommended the Office
of State Courts Administrator look into the jobs and work of
“quasi-judicial officers like magistrate courts, child-support
enforcement hearing officers, and civil traffic-infraction hearing
There are 36 circuit judges working in Orange County
and seven in Osceola for a total of 43 circuit judges in the 9th
Judicial Circuit, the Orlando Sentinel reported.