Judicial and Legal Services

Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Administrative Law

Program: Administrative Appeals

For the purpose of ensuring that administrative agencies meet requirements of due process before final agency action is taken, including adjudicatory hearings and preparation of the factual record necessary for judicial review.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Division of Administrative Law Appeals

$1,077,553

$1,099,104

Budgetary Appropriations

$1,077,553

$1,099,104

Office of the Secretary for Administration and Finance

$44,724

$52,568

Budgetary Appropriations

$44,724

$52,568

Totals

$1,122,277

$1,151,672


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Administrative Law

Program: Civil Service Appeals

For the purpose of hearing and deciding appeals filed by public employees who are disciplined, laid off or not selected for promotion as well as job applicants who are not selected for appointment in order to ensure that employment decisions are made in a fair and impartial manner.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Civil Service Commission

$436,065

$441,257

Budgetary Appropriations

$436,065

$441,257

Office of the Secretary for Administration and Finance

$36,338

$42,712

Budgetary Appropriations

$36,338

$42,712

Totals

$472,404

$483,969


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Administrative Law

Program: Tax Appeals

For the purpose of providing hearings and deciding cases on appeal from any taxing authority in order to provide taxpayers with an expedient means of appeal, including handling appeals related to state and property taxes.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Appellate Tax Board

$2,181,028

$2,216,649

Budgetary Appropriations

$2,181,028

$2,216,649

Office of the Secretary for Administration and Finance

$75,472

$88,709

Budgetary Appropriations

$75,472

$88,709

Totals

$2,256,500

$2,305,357


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Appellate Courts

Program: Appeals Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters concerning the  appeal of lower court and administrative board decisions


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Appeals Court

$11,418,887

$11,875,643

Budgetary Appropriations

$11,418,887

$11,875,643

Totals

$11,418,887

$11,875,643


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Appellate Courts

Program: Supreme Judicial Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to appeal, bail reviews, bar disciplinary proceedings, petitions for admission to the bar, and a variety of other statutory proceedings in addition to oversight responsibility of several affiliated agencies of the Judicial branch.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Supreme Judicial Court

$9,115,681

$9,480,309

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,115,681

$9,480,309

Totals

$9,115,681

$9,480,309


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Judicial and Attorney Oversight

Program: Bar Examination and Compliance

For the purpose of evaluating candidates for admission to the Massachusetts bar and ensuring that all law practitioners in Massachusetts adhere to strict rules and standards; activities include development and administration of the bar exam, review of the results, and evaluation of candidates for admission to the bar.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Board of Bar Examiners

$1,051,666

$1,093,734

Budgetary Appropriations

$1,051,666

$1,093,734

Totals

$1,051,666

$1,093,734


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Judicial and Attorney Oversight

Program: Judicial Conduct

For the purpose of ensuring responsible and ethical delivery of judicial services by preserving both judicial independence and public accountability; activities include investigation of complaints of judicial misconduct and disability that prevent judges from properly performing their judicial duties.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Commission on Judicial Conduct

$586,671

$610,138

Budgetary Appropriations

$586,671

$610,138

Totals

$586,671

$610,138


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Prosecution and Defense Services

Program: 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.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Berkshire District Attorney

$4,096,679

$3,982,575

Budgetary Appropriations

$4,096,679

$3,982,575

Bristol District Attorney

$8,055,997

$8,217,116

Budgetary Appropriations

$8,055,997

$8,217,116

Cape and Islands District Attorney

$4,066,204

$4,147,528

Budgetary Appropriations

$4,066,204

$4,147,528

District Attorneys Association

$1,643,406

$1,676,274

Budgetary Appropriations

$1,643,406

$1,676,274

Eastern District Attorney

$9,282,774

$9,468,430

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,282,774

$9,468,430

Hampden District Attorney

$8,699,470

$8,873,459

Budgetary Appropriations

$8,699,470

$8,873,459

Middle District Attorney

$9,890,853

$10,088,670

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,890,853

$10,088,670

Norfolk District Attorney

$8,987,153

$9,166,896

Budgetary Appropriations

$8,987,153

$9,166,896

Northern District Attorney

$14,818,785

$15,115,161

Budgetary Appropriations

$14,818,785

$15,115,161

Northwestern District Attorney

$5,501,579

$5,611,611

Budgetary Appropriations

$5,501,579

$5,611,611

Plymouth District Attorney

$7,859,405

$8,016,593

Budgetary Appropriations

$7,859,405

$8,016,593

Suffolk District Attorney

$17,123,750

$17,466,224

Budgetary Appropriations

$17,123,750

$17,466,224

Totals

$100,026,054

$101,830,537


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Prosecution and Defense Services

Program: 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.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Department of Mental Health

$9,429,290

$9,478,307

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,429,290

$9,478,307

Totals

$9,429,290

$9,478,307


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Prosecution and Defense Services

Program: 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.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Committee for Public Counsel Services

$176,507,355

$178,738,700

Budgetary Appropriations

$176,507,355

$178,738,700

Totals

$176,507,355

$178,738,700


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Prosecution and Defense Services

Program: 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.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

$829,336

$862,510

Budgetary Appropriations

$829,336

$862,510

Supreme Judicial Court

$12,851,992

$16,510,872

Budgetary Appropriations

$12,851,992

$16,510,872

Totals

$13,681,328

$17,373,382


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Prosecution and Defense Services

Program: 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.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Security

$94,245

$94,245

Budgetary Appropriations

$94,245

$94,245

Victim and Witness Assistance Board

$244,987

$249,887

Budgetary Appropriations

$244,987

$249,887

Totals

$339,232

$344,132


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Boston Municipal Court


For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to all citizens of the Commonwealth in matters concerning criminal offenses which do not require the imposition of a state prison sentence, civil contract, and tort actions.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$21,188,673

$21,241,974

Budgetary Appropriations

$21,188,673

$21,241,974

Totals

$21,188,673

$21,241,974


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: District Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth concerning a wide range of matters including criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, and mental health proceedings in their respective judicial districts.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$1,000,000

$3,000,000

Capital

$1,000,000

$3,000,000

Trial Court

$117,045,429

$125,589,611

Budgetary Appropriations

$117,045,429

$125,589,611

Totals

$118,045,429

$128,589,611


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Housing Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters concerning the use of any real estate property, including activities conducted on that property that may impact the health, welfare, and safety of any resident, occupant, user or member of the general public and which are subject to regulation by local cities and towns under the state building code, state specialized codes, state sanitary code, and other applicable statutes and ordinances.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$13,459,692

$14,243,163

Budgetary Appropriations

$13,459,692

$14,243,163

Totals

$13,459,692

$14,243,163


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Juvenile Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to delinquency, children in need of services, care and protection petitions, adult contributing to a delinquency of a minor, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings, and youthful offender cases.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$31,991,518

$33,982,561

Budgetary Appropriations

$31,991,518

$33,982,561

Totals

$31,991,518

$33,982,561


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Land Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to registration of title to real estate property, all matters and disputes concerning such title after registration, foreclosures and redemption of real estate tax liens, and other real property matters.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$6,117,328

$6,409,701

Budgetary Appropriations

$6,117,328

$6,409,701

Totals

$6,117,328

$6,409,701


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Probate and Family Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to divorce, paternity, child support, custody, visitation, adoption, termination of parental rights, abuse prevention, and probate matters involving jurisdiction over wills, administrations, guardianships, conservatorships and change of name.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$596,000

$8,000,000

Capital

$596,000

$8,000,000

Trial Court

$51,817,130

$55,258,574

Budgetary Appropriations

$51,817,130

$55,258,574

Totals

$52,413,130

$63,258,574


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Probation Commission Services

For the purpose of ensuring the delivery of justice through investigations, community supervision of offenders/litigants, diversion of appropriate offenders from institutional sentences, mediations, service to victims, and the performance of other related community service functions.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$234,416,488

$245,703,524

Budgetary Appropriations

$234,416,488

$245,703,524

Totals

$234,416,488

$245,703,524


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Superior Court

For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters involving civil actions where equitable relief is sought and labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$1,000,000

$6,000,000

Capital

$1,000,000

$6,000,000

Trial Court

$56,681,014

$60,281,050

Budgetary Appropriations

$56,681,014

$60,281,050

Totals

$57,681,014

$66,281,050


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Trial Courts

Program: Trial Court Administration

For the purpose of delivering the services of the trial courts of the Commonwealth in a safe and effective manner; services include jury and witness expenses, court security, facility operations and maintenance, technology services, and other services used by the trial courts and their employees.


Department

FY 2013

Projected Spending

FY 2014

Recommended Spending

Committee for Public Counsel Services

$8,920,247

$10,540,369

Budgetary Appropriations

$8,920,247

$10,540,369

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$17,573,604

$58,873,604

Capital

$17,573,604

$58,873,604

Information Technology Division

$500,000

$0

Capital

$500,000

$0

Trial Court

$2,800,252

$2,912,263

Budgetary Appropriations

$2,800,252

$2,912,263

Totals

$29,794,103

$72,326,235