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Budget Bill - SB29 (Introduced)

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Judicial Department Reversion Clearing Account

Item 50

Item 50 (Not set out)

First Year - FY2015Second Year - FY2016
Across the Board Reductions (71400)$0$855,795
Across the Board Reductions (71400)FY2015 $0FY2016 $855,795
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2015 $0FY2016 $855,795

Authority: Discretionary Inclusion.


A. On or before June 30, 2015, the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget shall authorize the reversion to the general fund of $300,000, representing additional savings generated within the Indigent Defense Commission.


B. On or before June 30, 2016, the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget shall authorize the reversion to the general fund of $300,000, representing additional savings generated within the Indigent Defense Commission.


C. On or before June 30, 2015, the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget shall revert an amount estimated at $700,000 from Judicial agency balances.


D. Sufficient funding is included within the Judicial Department to support a total of 405 circuit and district court judgeships. The vacant judgeships to be filled as of July 1, 2015, are as follows:


1. Circuit Court judgeships: one each in the 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 20th, and 27th  Circuits; two each in the 19th, 24th, and 26th Circuits; and, three in the 31st Circuit, for a total of 16 Circuit Court judgeships to be filled as of July 1, 2015.


2. General District Court judgeships: one each in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 14th, and 26th Districts; and, two in the 19th District, for a total of eight General District Court judgeships to be filled as of July 1, 2015.


3. Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judgeships: one each in the 4th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, and 28th Districts; two in the 23rd District; and, three in the 15th, for a total of ten Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judgeships to be filled as of July 1, 2015.


4. Included in the appropriation for this item is $855,795 from the general fund in the second year to support the filling of judgeships. The Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court is authorized to request the transfer of funds between this Item and Items 39, 40, and 41 as needed, to reflect the distribution of the 405 judgeships.