2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Caps on Reimbursement for Court Appointed Counsel

Item 39 #3h

Item 39 #3h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Judicial Department
Circuit Courts FY2015 ($253,960) FY2016 ($253,960) GF

Page 24, line 2, strike "$106,902,327" and insert "$106,648,367".
Page 24, line 2, strike "$107,011,312" and insert "$106,757,352".
Page 24, line 34, strike "$115,054,063 the first year and $115,054,063" and insert:
"$114,800,103 the first year and $114,800,103".
Page 25, after line 33 insert:
"H.  In order to reduce expenditures through the Criminal Fund for court-appointed counsel, effective July 1, 2014, compensation paid to attorneys appointed pursuant to Virginia Code § 53.1-40 shall be limited to $55 per hour, with a maximum per diem compensation of $200, plus reasonable expenses, to be paid from the criminal fund."

(This amendment realizes savings to the criminal fund of $253,960 from the general fund each year from language which sets an hourly reimbursement rate and a per day cap on reimbursement to court-appointed counsel when representing individuals already incarcerated. The Code currently specifies hourly rates and cap for most forms of court appointed counsel work and this amendment would make place similar policies for this form of representation.)