2005 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: McDonnell
Court-Appointed Attorney Fee Waiver

Item 32 #2h

Item 32 #2h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Judicial Department
Circuit Courts FY2005 $0 FY2006 $1,370,548 GF

Page 21, line 28, strike "$73,315,942" and insert "$74,686,490".

(This amendment provides for a waiver of the statutory fee limits provided for the representation of indigent criminal defendants by court-appointed attorneys when the representation of these indigent defendants involves felonies for which the penalty is 20 years to life in prison. The amount included in this amendment is based upon the number of Class II felonies for fiscal year 2004 and a number of assumptions, including: the addition of a percentage of "unclassified" felonies, the provision of "waivers" for all Class II felony cases, and a 50 percent increase in the statutory payment limit ($548 per charge). To the extent any of these estimated factors vary, the costs for this amendment could increase or decrease.)