Published: Apr 06, 2011 6:54 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 06, 2011 3:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Chief Justice Charles Canady and Gov. Rick Scott's office have agreed on a plan to loan money from reserves to Florida's court system to avoid furloughs and curtailing some legal services through May.

Wednesday's agreement will cover $19.5 million of a $72.3 million shortfall in court funding blamed on a sharp drop in mortgage foreclosure filing fees.

The remaining shortfall through the end of the budget year on June 30 will be covered through spending cuts and a supplemental appropriation from the Legislature.

The shortfall is temporary as foreclosure filings are expected to increase in the next budget year.

House and Senate budget bills for next year include funds to repay the loans.

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