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$3M deficit hampering Palm Beach County courts

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Palm Beach County's clerk and comptroller Sharon Bock said Tuesday that a deficit in their budget will continue to have an impact on residents who use court services.

Bock said anything related to court business will take twice as long to process as normal.

She and senior staff members were busy Tuesday working on a revenue plan.

There's a $3 million deficit and officials need to find a way to fill that gap in order to provide adequate services for Palm Beach County residents.

Here are some of the problems because of the budget issues:

  • There is a serious docketing back log
  • There's an estimated eight business-day turnaround time for circuit civil documents
  • There is a four-day wait for county civil documents.
  • There's more than 16 documents still waiting to be put on the docket
  • More than 200 cases are waiting to be opened

Since July, the clerk’s office eliminated 41 full-time positions and 16 part-time jobs.

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