Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2014

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Prosecution and Defense Services


Programs targeted to represent the Commonwealth in criminal and civil suits and provide defense services to the general public.


Program

Description
District Attorney Offices For the purpose of representing the Commonwealth in criminal prosecutions that arise within each respective district in addition to providing victim and witness services, promoting public safety, and increasing public trust in the criminal justice system.
Forensic Services For the purpose of consultation, referral, and tracking services for individuals appearing before the juvenile, district, and superior courts including mental health evaluations.
Indigent Legal Services For the purpose of providing legal services to defendants in criminal and civil proceedings who have a right to counsel but cannot afford or decline to hire an attorney; activities include training, certification, and oversight of public defenders in addition to payments for client representation.
Specialized Public Legal Services For the purpose of providing legal services to defendants of civil and criminal proceedings in special circumstances such as those related to individuals with mental health or intellectual disabilities; activities include training, certification, and oversight of specialized public defenders in addition to payments for client representation.
Witness Protection Services For the purpose of protecting individuals essential to the investigation or prosecution of a criminal matter and whose participation places them in danger, as well as protecting those individuals who are placed in danger due to an association with the critical witness.

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