1999 Session

Budget Bill - HB1450 (Chapter 935)

Supreme Court

Item 22

Item 22

First Year - FY1999Second Year - FY2000
Administrative and Support Services (34900)$5,432,411
General Management and Direction (34901)FY1999 $5,432,411
FY2000 $5,370,571
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY1999 $4,985,536
FY2000 $4,923,696
SpecialFY1999 $166,875FY2000 $166,875
Federal TrustFY1999 $280,000FY2000 $280,000

Authority: §§ 16.1-69.30, 16.1-69.33, 17-111.1 17.1-314 through 17-111.7 17.1-320 and 17-116.3 17.1-502, Code of Virginia.

A. The Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court shall submit a monthly summary to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees and to the Director, Department of Planning and Budget, which will report the number of individuals for whom legal or medical services were provided and the nature and cost of such services as are authorized for payment from the criminal fund or the involuntary mental commitment fund.

B. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 19.2-326, Code of Virginia, the amount of attorney's fees allowed counsel for indigent defendants in appeals to the Supreme Court shall be in the discretion of the Supreme Court.

C. The Chief Justice is authorized to reallocate legal support staff between the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals of Virginia, in order to meet changing workload demands.

D. Prior to January 1 of each year, the Judicial Council and the Committee on District Courts are requested to submit a fiscal impact assessment of their recommendations for the creation of any new judgeships, including the cost of judicial retirement, to the Chairmen of the House and Senate Committees on Courts of Justice, and the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.

E. The Supreme Court of Virginia shall establish a procedure for all clerks of all courts in the Commonwealth to accept the remittance of unpaid delinquent court ordered fines, fees, and costs whose collection has been contracted to private collection agents. Such procedures shall include provisions for the assessment of a fee from such agents, or a deduction from the receivables of such agents, which is adequate to account for the direct and indirect costs of processing such payments. The Court shall further develop a system to process and report on such collections. To the extent necessary to implement the provisions of this paragraph, the Director, Department of Planning and Budget, is authorized to approve a working capital advance or treasury loan for such purpose upon the request of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

F. It is the intent of the General Assembly that the Governor, in his budget recommendations for the 2000-2002 biennium which will be presented on or about December 17, 1999, shall include such additional sum in the budget for the Supreme Court of Virginia as may be required to ensure that fees for compensation of court-appointed counsel in criminal matters pursuant to §§ 16.1-267 and 19.2-163, Code of Virginia, may be increased each year by an amount equal to the proportionate change in the official estimate of Virginia Adjusted Gross Income for the respective year, when compared to the official estimate for the immediately preceding year.

G. Prior to the 2000 Session of the General Assembly, the Supreme Court of Virginia shall examine the statutory requirements regarding those civil offenses which require a personal appearance in court, and recommend such action by the General Assembly as may seem appropriate to reduce the number of such offenses which require such personal appearance.