A record number of civil cases –  280,122 – were filed in Florida courts in March during the runup to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to sign a comprehensive tort-reform measure, according to a new tally of civil lawsuits. 

The number of cases filed on the Florida’s Courts E-Filing Portal last month represented a 126.9% increase over the previous record, according to a report provided to the Florida Record by portal program manager Carolyn Weber. The previous monthly record was a high of 123,476 cases, Weber reported.

The highest daily volume of emailed document submissions last month occurred on March 21, when the portal recorded 133,580 submissions. That was the highest number of submissions since the portal came online about a decade ago. DeSantis signed the tort-reform bill, HB 837, the following Friday, March 24.

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