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Budget Summary FY2014

Trial Court
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2014
Conference
FY2014
Vetoes
FY2014
Overrides
FY2014
GAA
Trial Court Justices' Salaries 50,252 0 0 50,252
Administrative Staff 218,967 -30 30 218,967
Trial Court Video Teleconferencing 500 0 0 500
Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program 721 0 0 721
Superior Court 30,441 0 0 30,441
District Court 62,404 0 0 62,404
Probate and Family Court 28,243 0 0 28,243
Land Court 3,444 0 0 3,444
Boston Municipal Court 12,983 0 0 12,983
Housing Court 7,415 0 0 7,415
Juvenile Court 18,318 0 0 18,318
Commissioner of Probation 128,235 0 0 128,235
Office of Community Corrections 20,604 0 0 20,604
Jury Commissioner 2,946 0 0 2,946
TOTAL    585,472 -30 30 585,472 0  

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TRIAL COURT 585,472,478
 
0330-0101 Trial Court Justices' Salaries
For the salaries of the justices of the 7 departments of the trial court
50,252,339
0330-0300 Administrative Staff
For the central administration of the trial court, including costs associated with trial court non-employee services, trial court dental and vision health plan agreements, jury expenses, trial court law libraries, statewide telecommunications, private and municipal court rentals and leases, operation of courthouse facilities, rental of county court facilities, witness fees, printing expenses, equipment maintenance and repairs, the court interpreter program, insurance and chargeback costs, the Massachusetts sentencing commission, permanency mediation services, court security and judicial training; provided, that the court shall expand and maximize usage of videoconferencing whenever and wherever applicable, including in cooperation with the offices of the county sheriffs; provided further, that the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 31, 2014, detailing the number of court officers, per diem court officers and security personnel located in each trial court of the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be spent for the "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project" to provide legal services to such grandparents in the areas of family law and public benefits, and further requiring the chief justice of administration and management to make a report to the General Court on or before January 1, 2014, of all grandparents who requested legal services, their eligibility for such services and whether or not they were denied due to insufficient resources, including the legal problem for which they sought assistance; provided further, that the trial court shall record all fees that are collected pursuant to subsection (e) of section 2A of chapter 211D of the General Laws and shall record said fees in a separate source code entitled "indigent misrepresentation fees"; provided further, that the trial court shall record all fees that are collected pursuant to subsection (f) of said section 2A of said chapter 211D and shall record said fees in a separate source code entitled "indigent counsel fees"; provided further, that the trial court shall record all fees collected under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:10 (10)(c)(ii) and shall record said fees in a separate source code entitled "indigent but able to contribute fees"; provided further, that 50 per cent of all fees payable under Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure 15(d) and 30(c)(8) shall be paid from this item; provided further, that the trial court shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways and means on revenues collected in the trial court; provided further, that the report shall provide the following information for the previous quarter for each court division and court house: (a) the total amount ordered in fees and fines; (b) the total amount dismissed in fees and fines; (c) the total amount paid in fees and fines; and (d) the total amount outstanding in fees and fines; provided further, that in the report due April 1, 2014, the report shall describe efforts by the trial court since the start of the fiscal year to: (a) partner with other public or private entities to maximize revenue collections; and (b) ensure that all court locations apply similar standards for revenue collections; provided further, that notwithstanding section 9A of chapter 30 of the General Laws, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the rights afforded to a veteran, pursuant to said section 9A of said chapter 30, shall also be afforded to any such veteran who holds a trial court office or position in the service of the commonwealth not classified under chapter 31 of the General Laws, other than an elective office, an appointive office for a fixed term or an office or position under section 7 of chapter 30 and who: (a) has held the office or position for not less than 1 year; and (b) has 30 years of total creditable service to the Commonwealth, as defined in chapter 32 of the General Laws; provided further, that the trial court shall submit a report to the victim and witness assistance board detailing the amount of assessments imposed within each court by a justice or clerk-magistrate during the previous calendar year pursuant to section 8 of chapter 258B of the General Laws; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to, the number of cases in which the assessment was reduced or waived by a judge or clerk-magistrate within the courts; provided further, that the report shall be submitted to the victim and witness assistance board on or before January 10, 2014; provided further, that the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 31, 2014, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) the amount of money transferred from any item of appropriation; (b) the line item number of the appropriation making the transfer; (c) the line item number of the appropriation receiving the transfer; and (d) the reason for the necessity of the transfer; and provided further, that the trial court shall provide full cooperation to the evaluator selected under 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 item 1599-1300
218,967,364
0330-0500 Trial Court Video Teleconferencing
For expanded use of video teleconferencing for court appearances by persons in the custody of houses of correction; provided, that the court administrator shall distribute funds from this item for proposals to increase video teleconferencing that are most likely to result in cost savings; provided further, that proposals shall be developed by 1 or more district or superior court in partnership with 1 or more house of correction; provided further, that proposals shall include: (a) the type of court appearances proposed for video teleconferencing; (b) the constitutional, statutory, fiscal, procedural or other obstacles that may limit the use of video teleconferencing; (c) the estimates of initial costs related to the proposal; and (d) the estimated annual savings from using video teleconferencing; provided further, that funds from this item may be used to ensure equitable distribution of savings between both the court and house of correction; provided further, that not later than March 3, 2014, the court administrator shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the distribution of funds from this item; provided further, that the report shall include: (a) a summary of proposals received; (b) a summary of proposals receiving funds from this item; (c) a summary of estimated first-year costs and savings; and (d) an analysis of constitutional, statutory, fiscal, procedural or other obstacles to the further expansion of video teleconferencing; and provided further, that the court administrator may transfer funds from this item to item 0330-0300 within 10 days after submitting written notice of such transfer to the house and senate committees on ways and means
500,000
0330-0599 Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program
For a probation pilot program that administers high-intensity supervision that promotes successful probation outcomes and reduces recidivism; provided, that the office of the commissioner of probation shall partner with an external research organization that is responsible for monitoring program fidelity, designing and implementing the experimental model and collecting and analyzing the outcome evaluation; provided further, that the pilot program shall be conducted at both a district and superior court; provided further, that the office of the commissioner of probation shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than March 14, 2014 that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the site selected for the pilot program; (b) the research organization selected for the program; and (c) any relevant data on participants and initial outcomes; and provided further, that any unexpended funds in this item shall not revert but shall be made available for expenditure until June 30, 2015
720,632
0331-0100 Superior Court
For the operation of the superior court department; provided, that funds shall be expended for medical malpractice tribunals under section 60B of chapter 231 of the General Laws; and provided further, that the clerk of the court shall have responsibility for the internal administration of the clerk's office, including personnel, staff services and record keeping
30,440,597
0332-0100 District Court
For the operation of the district court department, including a civil conciliation program; provided, that notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the district court of Chelsea shall be the permanent location for the northern trial session to handle 6 person jury cases; provided further, that all personnel within said district court whose duties related to said northern trial session shall report to the clerk magistrate of said district court; and provided further, that the clerk magistrate shall utilize whatever space within the facility-at-large he deems necessary to comply with Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:12, Canon 3(A)6
62,404,011
0333-0002 Probate and Family Court
For the operation of the probate and family court department
28,242,710
0334-0001 Land Court
For the operation of the land court department
3,444,002
0335-0001 Boston Municipal Court
For the operation of the Boston municipal court department
12,983,455
0336-0002 Housing Court
For the operation of the housing court department
7,414,535
0337-0002 Juvenile Court
For the operation of the juvenile court department; provided, that in fiscal year 2014 the department shall not reduce the amount allocated to the CASA programs as appearing in items 0337-0300, 0337-0400, 0337-0600, 0337-0700 of section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008 by more than 5 per cent
18,317,806
0339-1001 Commissioner of Probation
For the office of the commissioner of probation; provided, that associate probation officers shall only perform in-court functions and shall assume the in-court duties of the currently employed probation officers who shall be reassigned within the probation service, subject to collective bargaining agreements, to perform intensive, community-based supervision of probationers, including the intensive supervision and community restraint services in item 0339-1003; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended for the costs associated with full implementation of chapter 303 of the acts of 2006 and chapter 418 of the acts of 2006 to ensure effective supervision of probationers who are monitored through global positioning system bracelets; provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item to cover the costs of building leases; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation to the contrary, probation officer personnel and probation clerical support staff assigned to the courts shall be provided with suitable office space in their current location in and around the various divisions and departments of the trial court, as the case may be, or in suitable office space as appropriate, with the advice and consent of the commissioner; provided further, that the office shall enter into an interagency service agreement with the department of revenue to verify income data and to use the department's wage reporting and bank match system for the purpose of weekly tape-matching to determine an individual's eligibility for appointment of indigent counsel, as defined in chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided further, that the office shall submit quarterly reports on indigency verification to the joint committee on the judiciary and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the number of individuals determined to be indigent; (b) the number of individuals determined not to be indigent; (c) the number of individuals found to be misrepresenting assets; (d) the number of individuals found to no longer qualify for appointment of counsel upon any re-assessment of indigency under section 2 of said chapter 211D; (e) the total number and amount of indigent counsel fees collected and the total number and amount of indigent counsel fees waived; (f) the average indigent counsel fee that each court division collects; (g) the total number and amount of indigent but able to contribute fees collected and waived; (h) the range of indigent but able to contribute fees collected; and (i) the number of cases in which community service in lieu of indigent counsel fees was performed; provided further, that the information within the report shall be delineated by court division; provide further, that the office shall submit quarterly reports to the joint committee on the judiciary and the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include: (a) the office's definition of supervisory and nonsupervisory cases; (b) a detailed description of what each level of supervision within these classifications entails in terms of responsibilities of the probation officer; (c) the average time commitment for a probation officer for each level of supervision on a monthly basis; (d) the overall number of individuals on probation; (e) the number of individuals added to probation and the number removed from probation for each month within that quarter; and (f) the total number of full-time employees who administer probationary cases; provided further, that these figures shall be delineated by level of supervisory and nonsupervisory probation and by court division; provided further, that the overall number of individuals on probation and added to probation each month shall be separately delineated by originating court or referral source; and provided further, that the report shall include the number of probationers served by community corrections centers and electronic monitoring including, but not limited to, global positioning systems, and delineated by level of supervisory and nonsupervisory probation
128,234,922
0339-1003 Office of Community Corrections
For the office of community corrections and performance-based contracts for the operation of community corrections centers; provided, that the office shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than February 26, 2014; and provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the performance standards used to assess the success of community corrections centers; (b) a description of how each community corrections center rates based on performance and utilization data; (c) the amount of each contract awarded to community corrections centers on a per client-day basis; (d) standards for terminating contracts with underperforming community corrections centers; and (e) a plan for increasing the use of community corrections centers by the courts, the department of correction and the sheriffs
20,604,046
0339-2100 Jury Commissioner
For the office of the jury commissioner under chapter 234A of the General Laws
2,946,059

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