Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2015

Judicial and Legal Services



 

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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Division of Administrative Law Appeals

$1,083,990

$1,238,949

Budgetary Appropriations

$1,083,990

$1,238,949

Office of the Secretary for Administration and Finance

$50,868

$49,441

Budgetary Appropriations

$50,868

$49,441

Totals

$1,134,858

$1,288,390


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Civil Service Commission

$436,065

$496,586

Budgetary Appropriations

$436,065

$496,586

Office of the Secretary for Administration and Finance

$41,330

$36,810

Budgetary Appropriations

$41,330

$36,810

Totals

$477,395

$533,397


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Appellate Tax Board

$2,194,633

$2,251,638

Budgetary Appropriations

$2,194,633

$2,251,638

Office of the Secretary for Administration and Finance

$85,839

$79,901

Budgetary Appropriations

$85,839

$79,901

Totals

$2,280,472

$2,331,539


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Appeals Court

$12,096,042

$13,077,557

Budgetary Appropriations

$12,096,042

$13,077,557

Totals

$12,096,042

$13,077,557


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Supreme Judicial Court

$9,525,623

$9,968,042

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,525,623

$9,968,042

Totals

$9,525,623

$9,968,042


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Board of Bar Examiners

$1,179,581

$1,203,173

Budgetary Appropriations

$1,179,581

$1,203,173

Totals

$1,179,581

$1,203,173


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Commission on Judicial Conduct

$597,043

$608,984

Budgetary Appropriations

$597,043

$608,984

Totals

$597,043

$608,984


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Judicial and Legal Services General Operations

Program: Judicial and Legal Services Central Administration

For the purpose of providing judicial and legal services business operations that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include executive oversight, developing strategic plans, giving policy guidance, and other miscellaneous support functions.


Department

FY 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Office of the Attorney General

$300,000

$55,000

Budgetary Appropriations

$300,000

$55,000

Totals

$300,000

$55,000


Government Function: Judicial and Legal Services

Program Category: Judicial and Legal Services General Operations

Program: Judicial and Legal Services Facilities

For the purpose of managing and maintaining judicial and legal services facilities, including leased space, that support multiple programs and cannot be allocated to specific programmatic areas. Activities may include property construction, improvements, and maintenance in addition to plant operations and utility costs.


Department

FY 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$17,299,609

$41,659,000

Capital

$17,299,609

$41,659,000

Totals

$17,299,609

$41,659,000


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Berkshire District Attorney

$4,091,355

$4,097,016

Budgetary Appropriations

$4,091,355

$4,097,016

Bristol District Attorney

$8,617,404

$8,279,752

Budgetary Appropriations

$8,617,404

$8,279,752

Cape and Islands District Attorney

$4,092,276

$4,179,040

Budgetary Appropriations

$4,092,276

$4,179,040

District Attorneys Association

$1,860,006

$1,897,206

Budgetary Appropriations

$1,860,006

$1,897,206

Eastern District Attorney

$9,356,540

$9,533,584

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,356,540

$9,533,584

Hampden District Attorney

$8,765,843

$8,941,160

Budgetary Appropriations

$8,765,843

$8,941,160

Middle District Attorney

$10,117,582

$10,294,433

Budgetary Appropriations

$10,117,582

$10,294,433

Norfolk District Attorney

$9,057,932

$9,239,090

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,057,932

$9,239,090

Northern District Attorney

$14,928,904

$15,227,504

Budgetary Appropriations

$14,928,904

$15,227,504

Northwestern District Attorney

$5,542,150

$5,652,992

Budgetary Appropriations

$5,542,150

$5,652,992

Plymouth District Attorney

$7,918,793

$8,077,170

Budgetary Appropriations

$7,918,793

$8,077,170

Suffolk District Attorney

$17,253,217

$17,591,196

Budgetary Appropriations

$17,253,217

$17,591,196

Totals

$101,602,002

$103,010,142


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Department of Mental Health

$9,677,825

$9,896,259

Budgetary Appropriations

$9,677,825

$9,896,259

Totals

$9,677,825

$9,896,259


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Committee for Public Counsel Services

$202,793,099

$191,249,261

Budgetary Appropriations

$202,793,099

$191,249,261

Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Security

$150,543

$150,543

Federal Grant Spending

$150,543

$150,543

Totals

$202,943,642

$191,399,804


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 criminal and civil 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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

$855,117

$872,219

Budgetary Appropriations

$855,117

$872,219

Supreme Judicial Court

$14,129,584

$15,129,584

Budgetary Appropriations

$14,129,584

$15,129,584

University of Massachusetts

$550,000

$550,000

Budgetary Appropriations

$550,000

$550,000

Totals

$15,534,701

$16,551,803


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

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

$248,420

$253,388

Budgetary Appropriations

$248,420

$253,388

Totals

$342,665

$347,633


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$22,405,829

$23,497,055

Budgetary Appropriations

$22,405,829

$23,497,055

Totals

$22,405,829

$23,497,055


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$1,800,000

$8,000,000

Capital

$1,800,000

$8,000,000

Trial Court

$123,751,196

$130,634,657

Budgetary Appropriations

$123,751,196

$130,634,657

Totals

$125,551,196

$138,634,657


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$14,265,360

$15,038,514

Budgetary Appropriations

$14,265,360

$15,038,514

Totals

$14,265,360

$15,038,514


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$34,705,274

$36,560,509

Budgetary Appropriations

$34,705,274

$36,560,509

Totals

$34,705,274

$36,560,509


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$6,493,635

$6,839,237

Budgetary Appropriations

$6,493,635

$6,839,237

Totals

$6,493,635

$6,839,237


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$6,135,000

$20,750,000

Capital

$6,135,000

$20,750,000

Trial Court

$55,000,615

$58,013,224

Budgetary Appropriations

$55,000,615

$58,013,224

Totals

$61,135,615

$78,763,224


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Trial Court

$245,267,400

$259,699,713

Budgetary Appropriations

$245,267,400

$259,699,713

Totals

$245,267,400

$259,699,713


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

$846,300

$0

Capital

$846,300

$0

Trial Court

$59,533,064

$62,805,854

Budgetary Appropriations

$59,533,064

$62,805,854

Totals

$60,379,364

$62,805,854


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 2014

Projected Spending

FY 2015

Recommended Spending

Information Technology Division

$1,600,000

$1,063,313

Capital

$1,600,000

$1,063,313

Trial Court

$3,446,059

$3,500,933

Budgetary Appropriations

$3,446,059

$3,500,933

Totals

$5,046,059

$4,564,246


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