As first reported on the Broward Blog here are the acquittal rates for defendants after jury trials :
July 2007-June 2007
Miami Dade: Circuit 30%; County 49%
Broward: Circuit 40%; County 75%
Orange/Osceola: Circuit 40%; County 61%
The title of the post links to the Florida State Courts Web Site (who even knew THAT existed? Wonder how much money they're spending on that?)
There's lots of fun statistics on the site that we're going to play with. Stay tuned.
TOTAL COURT FILINGS:
Total court filings for the year range from a low of 18,015 in the 16th Circuit (Monroe- but the Keys shouldn't count) and 36,942 in the 3rd Circuit (Motto: "Hey, Y'all!!!) which includes Dixie, Columbia, Suwannee, Madison, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Taylor counties, to a high of .....drum roll please: 977,788 cases in our own Miami Dade. We're number one!!! Of the 977,788 cases in the 11th Circuit, County Court constituted 836,191 cases. Lesson: stop scoffing at those practitioners in county court, they know something you don't. If you're going fishing, might as well fish in the waters that are well stocked.