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Budget Summary FY2016

Trial Court
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015





FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2016
Conference
FY2016
Vetoes
FY2016
Overrides
FY2016
GAA
Trial Court Justices' Salaries 61,999 0 0 61,999
Administrative Staff 235,638 -3,638 3,638 235,638
Veterans Court Program Admin and Transportation 100 0 0 100
Trial Court Video Teleconferencing 250 0 0 250
Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program 2,488 0 0 2,488
Specialty Drug Courts 3,230 0 0 3,230
Superior Court 31,501 0 0 31,501
District Court 65,202 0 0 65,202
Probate and Family Court 28,959 0 0 28,959
Land Court 3,881 -236 236 3,881
Boston Municipal Court 13,442 0 0 13,442
Housing Court 8,118 -291 291 8,118
Juvenile Court 18,704 0 0 18,704
Commissioner of Probation 134,313 0 0 134,313
Office of Community Corrections 20,924 0 0 20,924
Jury Commissioner 2,775 0 0 2,775
TOTAL    631,522 -4,165 4,165 631,522

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account description amount
TRIAL COURT 631,910,674
0330-0101 Trial Court Justices' Salaries
For the salaries of the justices of the 7 departments of the trial court
61,998,582
0330-0300 Administrative Staff
For the central administration of the trial court, including costs associated with trial court nonemployee 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 administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 29, 2016, detailing the number of court officers, per diem court officers, and security personnel located in each trial court of the commonwealth; 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 pursuant to 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 rules 15(d) and 30(c)(8) of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure shall be paid from this item; provided further, that funds may be expended for training on domestic violence issues, the establishment of a domestic violence registry, evaluations of batterers' intervention programs and the creation of a risk assessment tool for domestic violence offenders in accordance with chapter 260 of the acts of 2014; provided further, that funds may be expended to provide information and assistance to self-represented litigants; 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 for the previous quarter for each court division and courthouse: (i) the total amount ordered in fees and fines; (ii) the total amount dismissed in fees and fines; (iii) the total amount paid in fees and fines; and (iv) the total amount outstanding in fees and fines; provided further, that up to $200,000 may be expended for a revenue maximization unit that shall prioritize improving revenue collections at district court locations which had more than 60 per cent of court fees outstanding in fiscal year 2012; provided further, that not later than October 1, 2015 the trial court shall submit to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means a progress report on the implementation of the revenue maximization unit; provided further, that the trial court shall report biannually to the executive office for administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on: (a) actions of the revenue maximization unit over the previous 6 months; and (b) revenue collection information for the most recent 6-month period for which data is available for all district court locations, denoting those district courts in which the revenue maximization unit is operating; 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 8, 2016; and provided further, that the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than January 29, 2016, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (I) the amount of money transferred from any item of appropriation; (II) the line item number of the appropriation making the transfer; (III) the line item number of the appropriation receiving the transfer; and (IV) the reason for the necessity of the transfer
235,637,941
0330-0344 Veterans Court Program Admin and Transportation
For administration and transportation costs associated with a veterans court program and study established in section 33 of chapter 62 of the acts of 2014
100,000
0330-0500 Trial Court Video Teleconferencing
For expanded use of video teleconferencing for court appearances by persons in the custody of the houses of correction
250,000
0330-0599 Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program
For a probation pilot program that administers high-intensity supervision to promote successful probation outcomes and reduce recidivism; provided, that the office of the commissioner of probation may partner with the same external research organization in fiscal year 2016 as selected in fiscal year 2015 to monitor program fidelity and design, to implement the experimental model and to collect and analyze the outcome evaluation; provided further, that the pilot program shall be conducted at both a district and superior court; provided further, that the trial court shall implement this probation program in 10 new court locations; and 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 16, 2016 that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the sites selected for the new locations; (ii) the research organization's recommendations for the program; and (iii) any relevant data on participants and initial outcomes
2,488,090
0330-0601 Specialty Drug Courts
For the operation of the specialty courts; provided, that notwithstanding section 156, no funds shall be transferred from this item to another item in the trial court; and provided further, that the trial court shall, in coordination with partner departments and agencies, submit reports on interdepartmental service agreements made with the partner departments and agencies to the court administrator and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than April 1, 2016 that shall include, but not be limited to: (a) the amount of funding transferred to each specific agency or department for use in specialty courts; (b) the specific intent of that transfer in relation to specialty court operations; (c) any additional services implemented by way of the transfer; and (d) the amount of unspent funds from the transfer at the time of reporting
3,229,651
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 be responsible for the internal administration of the clerk's office, including personnel, staff services and record keeping
31,500,830
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 the clerk-magistrate deems necessary to comply with Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:12, Canon 3(A)6
65,202,267
0333-0002 Probate and Family Court
For the operation of the probate and family court department
28,958,672
0334-0001 Land Court
For the operation of the land court department
3,881,275
0335-0001 Boston Municipal Court
For the operation of the Boston municipal court department
13,442,337
0336-0002 Housing Court
For the operation of the housing court department
8,117,822
0337-0002 Juvenile Court
For the operation of the juvenile court department; provided, that not less than $143,989 shall be expended on the Hampden county CASA program, not less than $150,000 shall be expended on the Worcester county CASA program, not less than $98,730 shall be expended on the Essex county CASA program, not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the city of Boston CASA program, not less than $76,494 shall be expended on the Franklin and Hampshire county CASA program and not less than $53,995 shall be expended on the Berkshire county CASA program
18,704,229
0339-1001 Commissioner of Probation
For the office of the commissioner of probation; provided, 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 provided in chapter 211D of the General Laws; provided further, that funds may be expended for increased lab-based testing, oral toxicology tests and new urine tests to detect additional substances; provided further, that not less than $312,500 shall be expended for the research and development of a statistically valid pretrial risk assessment tool to inform pre-adjudication decision-making with regard to detention, release on personal recognizance or release under conditions of criminal defendants before the adult trial courts; provided further, that the funds shall be used to develop process documentation, training materials and costs of piloting of its implementation in several departments of the trial court; provided further, that the funds shall be made available on April 1, 2016; provided further, that funds from this item shall be expended for the costs associated with the 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; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended from this item to cover the costs of building leases
134,312,500
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, 2016; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the performance standards used to assess the success of community corrections centers; (ii) a description of how each community corrections center rates based on performance and utilization data; (iii) the amount of each contract awarded to community corrections centers on a per client-day basis; (iv) standards for terminating contracts with underperforming community corrections centers; and (v) a plan for increasing the use of community corrections centers by the courts, the department of correction and the sheriffs; and provided further, that the executive director of the office of community corrections may make funds from this item available for rehabilitative pilot programs that incorporate evidence-based corrections practices
20,923,598
0339-2100 Jury Commissioner
For the office of the jury commissioner in accordance with chapter 234A of the General Laws
2,774,615

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 388,265
0330-0444 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative
238,265
0332-2701 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant - Lynn DC Enhancement
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant
150,000