Officials across Florida oppose merging judicial circuits at Tampa meeting

TAMPA — Judges, state attorneys, sheriffs and other elected officials from throughout Florida filled a Hillsborough County courtroom Friday to oppose a proposal to consolidate some of the state’s 20 judicial circuits.

Dozens of speakers from as far as Florida’s Panhandle or Key West warned that an idea by House Speaker Paul Renner to shrink the number of circuits would disrupt the judicial process and decrease local representation for constituents.

The committee tasked with making a recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court held the public hearing at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa ahead of submitting its report in December. The group previously held another meeting for public comment in August in Orlando.


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