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Budget Summary FY2018

Trial Court
Data Current as of:  7/20/2017





FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2018
Conference
FY2018
Vetoes
FY2018
GAA
Trial Court Justices' Salaries 70,304 0 70,304
Administrative Staff 228,934 0 228,934
Veterans Court Program Admin and Transportation 80 0 80
Trial Court Video Teleconferencing 248 0 248
Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program 1,676 0 1,676
Specialty Drug Courts 3,233 0 3,233
Substance Abuse Model 99 0 99
CSG Reserve 3,000 0 3,000
Superior Court 32,840 0 32,840
District Court 69,030 0 69,030
Probate and Family Court 30,340 0 30,340
Land Court 4,115 0 4,115
Boston Municipal Court 13,766 0 13,766
Housing Court 8,160 0 8,160
Housing Court Expansion 1,000 -250 750
Juvenile Court 18,755 0 18,755
Commissioner of Probation 146,860 0 146,860
Office of Community Corrections 20,903 0 20,903
Divert Juveniles Young Adults from Criminal Justice 250 0 250
Jury Commissioner 3,020 0 3,020
TOTAL    656,611 -250 656,361

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account description amount
TRIAL COURT 657,113,744
0330-0101 Trial Court Justices' Salaries
For the salaries of the justices of the 7 departments of the trial court
70,303,571
0330-0300 Administrative Staff
For the central administration of the trial court, including costs associated with trial court nonemployee services, dental and vision health plan agreements, jury expenses, 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 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 risk assessment tool for domestic violence offenders under 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 each 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 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, under 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 said 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; and provided further, that the court administrator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means no later than January 26, 2018, that shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) the amount of money transferred from any item of appropriation; (2) the line item number of the appropriation making the transfer; (3) the line item number of the appropriation receiving the transfer; and (4) the reason for the necessity of the transfer
228,933,576
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
79,720
0330-0500 Trial Court Video Teleconferencing
For the use of videoteleconferencing for court appearances by persons in the custody of the houses of correction
247,500
0330-0599 Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program
For a probation 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 2018 as selected in fiscal year 2017 to monitor program fidelity and design, to implement the model and to collect and analyze the outcome evaluation; provided further, that the program shall be conducted at both a district and superior court; provided further, that the trial court shall maintain this probation program in the 12 court locations currently in operation; 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 no later than March 16, 2018 that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the potential sites selected for new locations; (ii) the research organization's recommendations for the program; and (iii) any relevant data on participants and initial outcomes
1,675,579
0330-0601 Specialty Drug Courts
For the operation of the specialty courts; provided, 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 2, 2018 that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the amount of funding transferred to each specific agency or department for use in specialty courts; (ii) the specific intent of that transfer in relation to specialty court operations; (iii) any additional services implemented by way of the transfer; and (iv) the amount of unspent funds from the transfer at the time of reporting; and provided further, that no funds shall be transferred from this item to any other item in the trial court
3,232,881
0330-0612 Substance Abuse Model
For the administration of the sequential intercept model to serve individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders involved in the criminal justice system; provided, that the trial court shall continue to fund a project coordinator to oversee coordination, administration and financial oversight of the sequential intercept model; and provided further, that not later than March 1, 2018, the project coordinator shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the design of the sequential intercept model mappings; (ii) the locations of workshops held to advocate for the model; (iii) the number of cases in which the model has been utilized; (iv) the impact of the model on rehabilitation and recidivism; and (v) the cost avings associated with the model
98,923
0330-0613 CSG Reserve
For the implementation of the recommendations set forth by the Council of State Governments Justice Center-Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review including, but not limited to, the establishment of new programs and expansion of existing programs targeted at recidivism reduction; provided, that the trial court shall transfer funds to other agencies and departments of the commonwealth as outlined in this item; provided further, that if no agency or department is specifically designated to receive such funding, the trial court administrator shall distribute funding based on the recommendations of the Council of State Governments Justice Center-Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review; provided further, that the trial court administrator shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than 15 days before any such transfer is made from this item to other state agencies and departments, delineated by line item; provided further, that the department of correction shall expend not less than $637,500 to expand recidivism reduction programming; provided further, that the department of correction shall report participation, completion and recidivism rates to the executive office of public safety and security, the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary not later than June 1, 2018; provided further, that the department shall provide updated annual reports not later than March 1 of each subsequent year; provided further, that such annual reporting shall be delineated by gender and include descriptions of new programs offered to women as a result of these funds; provided further, that not less than $345,000 shall be expended to establish program expansion grants administered by the executive office of public safety and security to support the expansion of evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs in county houses of correction and jails; provided further, that the secretary of public safety and security shall award grants on a competitive basis and applicants shall provide a plan for ensuring that proposed programs shall be implemented with fidelity to a research-based or evidence-based program design or, if there is no existing research supporting the proposed program, applicants shall describe in detail how the program will be evaluated with sufficient rigor to add to existing research; provided further, that county sheriffs' offices that receive grant funding shall report participation, completion and recidivism rates annually to the executive office of public safety and security; provided further, that such annual reporting shall be delineated by gender and include descriptions of new programs offered to women as a result of these funds; provided further, that copies of said reports shall be provided to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary not later than June 1, 2018; provided further, that the department shall provide updated annual reports not later than March 1 of each subsequent year; provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended to develop and implement a program to improve collaboration between the department of correction and the parole board to reduce delays in the release of paroled inmates; provided further, that the department of correction and the parole board shall submit a joint report to the executive office for administration and finance, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on the judiciary not later than June 1, 2018 detailing: (i) the implementation process; (ii) the number of inmates who experienced delayed release in fiscal year 2018 compared to prior fiscal years; and (iii) the average length of delays in fiscal year 2018 compared to prior fiscal years; provided further, that the department of correction and the parole board shall provide updated annual reports not later than March 1 of each subsequent year; provided further, that not less than $130,000 shall be expended to evaluate the caseload of parole and probation officers, hire new officers accordingly and expand programs and services at community corrections centers; provided further, that not less than $637,500 shall be expended for the development of a transitional youth early intervention probation pilot program to be administered by the commissioner of probation; provided further, that not less than $45,000 shall be expended to improve case management and data tracking capacity in the office of the commissioner of probation; provided further, that not less than $1,075,000 shall be expended in conjunction with the executive office of health and human services to develop and implement a behavioral health strategy, including statewide capacity to track the utilization of behavioral health care services and behavioral health outcomes for persons in the criminal justice system within the Medicaid management information system; and provided further, that the funds appropriated in this item in fiscal year 2018 shall not revert but shall be made available for these purposes through June 30, 2019
3,000,000
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
32,839,737
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; and 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
69,029,761
0333-0002 Probate and Family Court
For the operation of the probate and family court department
30,340,165
0334-0001 Land Court
For the operation of the land court department
4,115,296
0335-0001 Boston Municipal Court
For the operation of the Boston municipal court department
13,765,998
0336-0002 Housing Court
For the operation of the housing court department
8,159,903
0336-0003 Housing Court Expansion
For costs associated with the expansion of the housing court department throughout the commonwealth, including the salaries of judges
750,000
0337-0002 Juvenile Court
For the operation of the juvenile court department; provided, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Franklin and Hampshire county court-appointed special advocates program, provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended on the Worcester county court-appointed special advocates program; provided further, that not less than $143,989 shall be expended on the Hampden County court-appointed special advocates program, provided further, that not less than $98,730 shall be expended on the Essex County court-appointed special advocates program, provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on the Boston court-appointed special advocates program, and provided further, that not less than $53,995 shall be expended on the Berkshire County court-appointed special advocates program
18,754,597
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 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 funds shall be used for the ongoing development and implementation of the validated 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 court; provided further, that a report shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than November 1, 2017 that shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the status of the validated risk assessment tool; (ii) any efforts to implement the risk assessment tool in the courts; and (iii) further goals to expand the use of the risk assessment tool; 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; provided further, that not less than $550,000 shall be expended to hire associate probation officers; and provided further, that not less than $750,000 shall be expended for the implementation and administration of a new information technology system to manage probation services
146,859,838
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 March 1, 2018; provided further, that the report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the performance standards used to evaluate community corrections centers; (ii) a description of how each community corrections center compares 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' offices; and provided further, that the executive director may make funds from this item available for rehabilitative pilot programs that incorporate evidence-based corrections practices
20,903,499
0339-1005 Divert Juveniles Young Adults from Criminal Justice
For a competitive grant program to be administered by the office of the commissioner of probation for cities and towns, acting either individually or jointly, to pilot or expand multidisciplinary approaches to divert juveniles and young adults from the juvenile and criminal justice systems prior to arrest or arraignment through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention serving youths and their families, including: (i) connecting youths to mental health services; (ii) providing youth development activities and mentoring; (iii) promoting school safety, family home visits, juvenile diversion programs and restorative justice and mediation programs; and (iv) providing assistance for families and schools to navigate the legal system; provided, that eligible applicants may partner with nonprofit organizations to provide programs and services; provided further, that the office of the commissioner of probation shall give preference to applications that: (a) clearly outline a comprehensive plan for municipalities to collaborate with law enforcement, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to address juvenile delinquency and young adult crime; (b) include written commitments of municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations and government agencies to collaborate; (c) make a written commitment to match grant funds with a 25 per cent matching grant provided by either municipal or private contributions; and (d) identify a local governmental unit to serve as the fiscal agent for the proposed programs and services; and provided further, that administrative costs for successful grant applications shall not exceed 5 per cent of the value of the grant
250,000
0339-2100 Jury Commissioner
For the office of the jury commissioner under chapter 234A of the General Laws
3,020,420

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 752,780
0332-1101 Expnd Subst Abuse Treat in Adult Family Drug Court
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, MISSION-Cape (SAMHSA)
325,000
0332-5301 Mission BMetro Project
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, MISSION/BMETRO Project
325,000
0337-0201 Families First Improving Outcomes for Youth in Court
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Families First
102,780

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