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2020 Annual Report on State of Florida Probate Courts

March 30, 2021

The Florida Courts released their 2020 Annual Report on State of Florida Courts this February. As part of a new blog series, we'll be discussing some of these changes and how they affect our clients.

Surprisingly, probate filings and caseloads actually decreased in 2020 from their prior high in 2019. The upward trend in caseloads continues, however, along with the population growth of Florida. We'll revisit the clearance rates next week.

Caseload, Clearance Rate, Judges, Per Capita Statistics

Yearly probate filings have increased by 4.93% over the past 3 fiscal years (2017-2020). Meanwhile, dispositions have only increased by 2.46%. Many factors can alter these numbers yearly with new cases being filed frequently along with new circumstances and the formulation of laws.

Additional statistics:

  1. Caseload, Clearance Rate, Judges, Per Capita Statistics
    1. Caseload (TOTAL)
    2. Probate = 64,116 Cases Filed
      • Probate = 57,997
      • Other Social Cases = 6,119
      • We can see an increase in cases in this category in the months January-March and June-October
    3. Trusts = 790 Cases Filed
    4. Commitment Acts = 59,502 Cases Filed
      • Baker Act = 59,502
      • Substance Abuse = 9,268
    5. Guardianship = 7,876 Cases Filed
    6. CIRCUIT 11 HAS THE MOST FILINGS IN FLORIDA