2004 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: McDonnell
Additional Circuit Court Judges

Item 32 #2h

Item 32 #2h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Judicial Department
Circuit Courts FY2005 $1,065,645 FY2006 $1,065,645 GF
FY2005 5.00 FY2006 5.00 FTE

Page 19, line 2, strike "$75,756,553" and insert "$76,822,198".
Page 19, line 2, strike "$79,070,327" and insert "$80,135,972".

(This amendment provides additional general fund dollars to the Circuit Courts for the provision of five new circuit court judgeships. One additional circuit court judge would be assigned to the First, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Twenty-Second, and Twenty-Ninth judicial districts. The First Judicial District serves Chesapeake; the Fourteenth District serves Henrico; and the Fifteenth serves Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Essex, Hanover, King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland. The Twenty-Second Judical District serves Danville, Franklin, and Pittsylvania; the Twenty-Ninth serves the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell. These additional circuit court judgeships were recommended by the Judicial Council, a policy board including both legislators and judicial officials. Implementation of this amendment is contingent upon legislative approval of House Bill 1277. Companion amendments provide for additional administrative and security staff to support these new judgeships.)