Florida judges say a lack of resources and judicial discretion threaten the success of a Supreme Court workgroup’s sweeping proposal to speed the resolution of civil cases.

Fourteenth Circuit Chief Judge Christopher Patterson, in a comment filed on behalf of the Chief Judges of the Circuit and County Courts of Florida, called the workgroup’s effort “monumental,” and some of the proposed civil procedure rule amendments “overdue.”

“The chief judges report broad consensus supporting many of the proposed rule changes,” the comment states, including an “emphasis on the enforceable expectation of a reliable trial date, set as early as practicable and with few exceptions (proposed Rule 1.440 and others).”