Middle District of Florida becomes sixth busiest bankruptcy court in the nation
According to statistics released on February 19, 2008 by the Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, bankruptcy filings in the district during the year 2007 were up 70% over the prior year. In turn, the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, which includes Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa, became the sixth busiest court in the Nation. There are 90 Federal Districts that report bankruptcy statistics.
Topping the list was the Eastern District of Michigan with 33,799 bankruptcy filings for the 12 months ending September 30, 2007. Rounding out the top six were:
- The Northern District of Georgia, with 30,768 filings;
- The Central District of California, with 29,106 filings;
- The Northern District of Ohio, with 26,417 filings;
- The Northern District of Illinois, with 26,807 filings; and
- The Middle District of Florida, with 23,027 filings.
Despite the rise in the number of filings, the number of court staff in the Middle District of Florida continues to decline. It is projected that the number of staff positions in 2008 will decrease from 134 to roughly 92. Judges in the Middle District carried an average load of 2,878 cases during the reporting period.