TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Some 500 attorneys are asking the Florida Supreme Court to increase Florida bar membership fees to pay for legal services for the poor.
Former Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero is leading the group, which filed a petition Monday seeking to increase the fees from $265 annually to $365. The Florida Bar Foundation funds legal aid for the poor through its interest on trust accounts revenue, which decreased by $38 million from 2007 to 2012.
The Florida Bar and President Eugene Pettis oppose the increase.
Pettis agrees with the need of additional funding and the ability to provide more services to those struggling financially. He says the extra fee from nearly 99,000 members isn't enough to solve the problem and that other agencies besides the Florida Bar need to be involved.