Published: Jan 25, 2011 7:41 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2011 4:41 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Chief Justice Charles Canady says Florida's courts can't stand any more spending cuts nor can they continue to so heavily rely upon fees from foreclosure cases to pay their bills.

The state Supreme Court's leader gave that assessment to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Florida lawmakers are facing a shortfall of $3.6 billion to $4.6 billion in the budget year that begins July 1.

Canady said it would be very difficult for the courts, which already have taken a 10 percent cut, to meet the state's needs they get another reduction.

The former congressman and state legislator argued that cutting the court system could set back Florida's economic recovery.