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Budget Summary FY2014

Committee for Public Counsel Services
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2014
Conference
FY2014
Vetoes
FY2014
Overrides
FY2014
GAA
Committee for Public Counsel Services 22,015 0 0 22,015
CPCS Attorney Salaries 23,436 0 0 23,436
Private Counsel Compensation 98,906 0 0 98,906
Indigent Counsel Fees Retained Revenue 8,900 0 0 8,900
Indigent Persons Fees and Court Costs 9,010 0 0 9,010
TOTAL    162,268 0 0 162,268 0  

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COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC COUNSEL SERVICES 162,514,584
Direct Appropriations
0321-1500 Committee for Public Counsel Services
For the operation of the committee for public counsel services under chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided, that the committee shall maintain a system in which not less than 25 per cent of indigent clients shall be represented by public defenders; provided further, that to the extent feasible, the committee shall assign public defenders to district and superior courts; provided further, that the committee must approve by majority vote any increase in the base salary or rate of compensation for employees holding management positions including, but not limited to, chiefs, deputy chiefs, directors, assistant directors, and managers; provided further, that the committee shall submit a report to the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the joint committee on the judiciary and the house and senate committees on ways and means on November 28, 2013 that shall include, but not be limited to the following, which shall be delineated by type of case and courthouse when applicable: (a) the number of clients assisted by the committee in each month of the prior fiscal year, delineated by public defender and private bar advocate; (b) the total number of cases handled by public defenders in the prior fiscal year; (c) the total number of cases handled by private bar advocates in the prior fiscal year; (d) the total amount of counsel fees paid to the committee by clients for services rendered in the prior fiscal year; (e) the total amount of indigent but able to contribute fees paid to the committee by clients for services rendered in the prior fiscal year; (f) the number of public defenders that have been hired, both to date and since the previous fiscal year; (g) the number of public defender vacancies to be filled; (h) the total billable hours of private bar advocates in the prior fiscal year; (i) the average cost for public defender services rendered per client in the prior fiscal year; and (j) the average cost for private bar advocate services rendered per client in the prior fiscal year; provided further, that the committee shall submit a report to the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the joint committee on the judiciary and the house and senate committees on ways and means on October 1, 2013 and March 3, 2014 that shall include, but not be limited to the following, and shall be delineated by type of case and courthouse where applicable: (a) the number of clients assisted by the committee in each month since the start of the current fiscal year, delineated by public defender and private bar advocate; (b) the total number of cases handled by the committee in each month since the start of the current fiscal year, delineated by public defender and private bar advocate; (c) the average cost for public defender services rendered per client since the start of the current fiscal year; (d) the average cost for private bar advocate services rendered per client since the start of the current fiscal year; (e) the average number of hours spent per case by public defenders since the start of the current fiscal year; (f) the average number of hours billed by private bar advocates since the start of the current fiscal year; (g) the total amount of counsel fees paid to the committee by clients for services rendered since the start of the current fiscal year; (h) the total of indigent but able to contribute fees paid to the committee by clients for services rendered since the start of the current fiscal year; (i) the current percentage of indigent defendants represented by public defenders by division and court house; (j) the current number of public defenders and private bar advocates assigned to each court house and division; (k) the number of former private bar advocates that have been hired as public defenders since the start of fiscal year 2012; (l) the total number of support staff, investigators, attorneys in charge and management personnel currently employed by the committee and the total number employed by the committee at the end of fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2013; (m) the caseload of attorneys in charge compared to the caseload of public defender staff attorneys; (n) the expected surplus or deficiency for fiscal year 2014 of items 0321-1500, 0321-1504, 0321-1510 and 0321-1520; (o) the number and cost of private investigators used since the start of the current fiscal year, delineated by firm; (p) the number, cost and cost per hour of psychologists and psychiatrists used by private bar advocates since the start of the current fiscal year, delineated by firm; and (q) the number, cost and cost per hour of psychologists and psychiatrists used by public defenders since the start of the current fiscal year, delineated by firm; provided further, that the committee shall continue to work with the division of capital asset management and maintenance to ensure that public defenders hired during the committee's expansion shall have access to adequate office space; and provided further, that the committee shall provide full cooperation to the evaluator selected under item 1599-1300 of section 2 of chapter 139 of the acts of 2012 and shall make available to the evaluator any information and data needed to assist with the requirements of the item
22,014,712
0321-1504 CPCS Attorney Salaries
For the payroll costs of the committee's public defenders, attorneys in charge and appeals attorneys, including fringe benefits costs; provided, that funds appropriated herein shall be expended only in the AA and DD object classes; and provided further, that funds appropriated in this item shall not be expended for administrative support staff or services of any kind
23,436,468
0321-1510 Private Counsel Compensation
For compensation paid to private counsel assigned to criminal and civil cases under subsection (b) of section 6 of chapter 211D of the General Laws, under section 11 of said chapter 211D; provided, that not more than $2,000,000 of the sum appropriated in this item may be expended for services rendered before fiscal year 2014
98,906,090
0321-1520 Indigent Persons Fees and Court Costs
For fees and costs as defined in section 27A of chapter 261 of the General Laws, as ordered by a justice of the appeals court or a justice of a department of the trial court on behalf of indigent persons, as defined in said section 27A of said chapter 261; provided, that not more than $1,000,000 of the sum appropriated in this item may be expended for services rendered before fiscal year 2014
9,010,351

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Retained Revenues
0321-1518 Indigent Counsel Fees Retained Revenue
For the chief counsel for the committee for public counsel services which may expend an amount not to exceed $8,900,000 from revenues collected from fees charged for attorney representation of indigent clients; provided, that no less than $2,800,000 shall be spent on the salaries of employees that were hired as a result of the committee's expansion; provided further, that no funds from this line item shall be spent on bills encumbered in line items 0321-1510 and 0321-1520; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the committee may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system
8,900,000

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 246,963
0320-1800 Wrongful Conviction Unit Program
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Wrongful Conviction Unit Program
50,000
0321-9886 FGIDEONIMPINDG
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Answering Gideon's Call
196,963

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