Published: Sep 29, 2011 4:13 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida's court system is again facing a huge budget shortfall.
    
Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady has written Gov. Rick Scott and top officials on the legislative budget commission alerting them to a projected $108 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.
    
Canady is asking for $45.6 million in funding to keep courts operating through March, and for the balance to be addressed by the Legislature once it reconvenes in January.
    
Officials blame the shortfall on a downturn in foreclosures, which carry higher fees than most court filings and account for a sizeable share of the courts' budget.
    
Scott hasn't yet responded to the justice's request.

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