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November 16, 2014

Tampa’s U.S. judges lug thick briefcases
By Elaine Silvestrini

TAMPA — Federal judges in the district that includes Tampa are among the most overworked in the nation, according to a recently released report by researchers at Syracuse University. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse analyzed federal judicial caseloads, both by numbers and complexity, and concluded that judges in the Middle District of Florida have nearly twice the workload of judges in the Eastern District of Michigan. The district ranked 11th of 94 federal judicial districts in what the report refers to as weighted caseloads for judges, including both criminal and civil filings. Statistics from federal court administration show the time it takes for a civil case to go from filing to trial has risen by more than a third in the last five years. “We have judges who really, really work nights, weekends and everything,” said Federal Public Defender Donna Elm. “They struggle to keep up with the caseloads, given the attention federal judges have to give the cases.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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