Judicial

Department

Judicial

GENERAL FUND

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Percent Change
FY19-FY20

Positions
FY19 Budget

Positions
FY20 Budget

Circuit/County Court

$240,531

$216,120

$215,850

0%

1

1

Legal Aid

$941,500

$1,012,020

$993,540

(2)%

0

0

Public Defender

$65,951

$70,460

$63,000

(11)%

0

0

State Attorney

$360,632

$346,120

$344,480

0%

0

0

Subtotal

$1,608,614

$1,644,720

$1,616,870

(2)%

1

1

OTHER FUNDS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Percent Change
FY19-FY20

Positions
FY19 Budget

Positions
FY20 Budget

Law Library

$127,673

$742,900

$579,900

(22)%

1

1

Teen Court Fee

$375,085

$863,670

$879,250

2%

10

10

Judicial Technology Fee

$5,605,902

$5,571,850

$5,301,150

(5)%

20

20

Court Cost

$1,238,995

$1,049,910

$1,410,130

34%

15

15

Subtotal

$7,347,655

$8,228,330

$8,170,430

(1)%

46

46

Grand Total

$8,956,269

$9,873,050

$9,787,300

(1)%

47

47

Division


Circuit/County Court

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Judiciary

$129,264

$98,150

$96,780

Court Programs

$111,267

$117,970

$119,070

Total

$240,531

$216,120

$215,850

REVENUES

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Charges for Services

$59,690

$50,000

$50,000

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Personnel Services

$66,043

$66,910

$68,160

Operating Expenses

$174,488

$149,210

$147,690

Total

$240,531

$216,120

$215,850

Total Positions

1

1

1

BUDGET VARIANCES

(270) Normal Increases and Decreases

1,250 Personnel Services

(1,520) Operating Expense

(270) TOTAL DECREASE

Section

Court Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Court programs, under the Court Administrator's direction, augment the court system in Broward County by providing auxiliary judicial functions and effective alternatives to court proceedings through diversion programs.

BUDGET COMMENTS

■    The goal of the Court Programs section is to provide administrative, staff, and financial support to the 17th Judicial Circuit in order to operate an efficient court system.

■    Per the Article V requirement, funding is continued in FY20 for a Juvenile Alternative Sanctions Coordinator. This position assists in preventing juveniles from entering into the criminal justice system, deters repeat offenses and continues court contact by coordinating and providing to the juvenile courts treatment alternatives for pre and post adjudicatory juveniles and their families. The position also coordinates and provides to families of at-risk children referrals to appropriate counseling and support services.

■    Funding is also provided in this section for the Article V mandated expenses in court reporting, court interpreting, and court mediation programs.

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actual

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Total Expenses

$111,267

$117,970

$119,070

Total Positions

1

1

1

Section

Judiciary

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The 17th Judicial Circuit is composed of 90 circuit and county court judges funded through the Florida State Courts System, 9 general magistrates who provide quasi-judicial functions and 2 child support hearing officers. Court Administration is the administrative support of the 17th Judicial Circuit and is responsible for operation and supervision of all court programs and support services under the court.

BUDGET COMMENTS

■    The goal of the Judiciary section is to provide administrative, staff, and financial support to the 17th Judicial Circuit in order to operate an efficient court system.

■    In FY20, funding is provided for communication services, auxiliary aids, and services for qualified individuals with a disability as mandated per Article V.

■    Funding is provided in FY20 for guardianship monitoring and background investigations. Probate Court contractual service expenditures are fully revenue supported by an investigation fee.

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actual

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Total Expenses

$129,264

$98,150

$96,780

Division


Legal Aid

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Legal Aid

$941,500

$1,012,020

$993,540

Total

$941,500

$1,012,020

$993,540

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Operating Expenses

$941,500

$1,012,020

$993,540

Total

$941,500

$1,012,020

$993,540

BUDGET VARIANCES

(18,480) Normal Increases and Decreases

(18,480) Operating Expense

(18,480) TOTAL DECREASE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Legal Aid's total FY20 budget is $1,220,000, of which $226,460 is funded by the additional $65 court cost fee levied by the Board of County Commissioners as authorized by Article V legislation. The remainder of Legal Aid's budget is provided by the General Fund. The total budget of $1,220,000 is the same amount as FY19. This total excludes grant funds provided by the Human Services Department.

Division


Public Defender

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Public Defender

$65,951

$70,460

$63,000

Total

$65,951

$70,460

$63,000

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Operating Expenses

$65,951

$70,460

$63,000

Total

$65,951

$70,460

$63,000

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

As a result of Article V legislation, the County retains responsibility for funding communication services, courier messenger, and subpoena services for the Public Defender's Office.

BUDGET VARIANCES

(7,460) Normal Increases and Decreases

(7,460) Operating Expense

(7,460) TOTAL DECREASE

Division


State Attorney

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

State Attorney

$360,632

$346,120

$344,480

Total

$360,632

$346,120

$344,480

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Operating Expenses

$360,632

$346,120

$344,480

Total

$360,632

$346,120

$344,480

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

As a result of State Article V legislation, the County retains responsibility for funding communication services, courier messenger, subpoena services, and special grand jury costs.

BUDGET VARIANCES

(1,640) Normal Increases and Decreases

(1,640) Operating Expense

(1,640) TOTAL DECREASE

Division


Court Cost

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Court Administration Local Option Programs

$217,611

$207,980

$226,460

Law Library

$276,116

$207,980

$226,460

Legal Aid

$278,500

$207,980

$226,460

Juvenile Intervention Programs

$270,783

$207,980

$226,460

Court Administration One-Time Funding

$195,985

$217,990

$203,310

Court Admin Reserves

$0

$0

$300,980

Total

$1,238,995

$1,049,910

$1,410,130

REVENUES

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Charges for Services

$1,026,977

$871,000

$950,000

Miscellaneous Revenue

$425

$0

$0

Interest and Other Earnings

$480

$4,700

$3,500

Fund Balance

$344,000

$20,000

$301,000

Less Five Percent

$0

($43,790)

($47,680)

Transfer from General Fund

$0

$198,000

$203,310

Total

$1,371,882

$1,049,910

$1,410,130

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Personnel Services

$828,158

$717,810

$719,120

Operating Expenses

$402,708

$281,100

$325,980

Capital Outlay

$8,129

$51,000

$64,050

Other Budgetary Reserves

$0

$0

$300,980

Total

$1,238,995

$1,049,910

$1,410,130

Total Positions

16

15

15

BUDGET VARIANCES

$300,980 Increase in reserves primarily due to an increase in fund balance.
$59,240 Normal Increases and Decreases
1,310 Personnel Services
44,880 Operating Expense
13,050 Capital Outlay Expense
$360,220 TOTAL INCREASE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

In accordance with the authority granted by Section 939.185 Florida Statutes, the County Commission has authorized an additional court cost of $65, which shall be imposed by the court upon every person who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is found guilty of, any felony, misdemeanor, or criminal traffic offense under the laws of Florida effective July 1, 2004. Funds received from this additional court cost shall be distributed as follows in FY20:

BUDGET COMMENTS

■    25% is allocated to partially support several local option programs requested by the Chief Judge - $66,090 for the Justice Alternatives Program which involves various operating expenses for mediation programs and two positions, one of which is vacant and not funded in FY20; $141,690 for the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program including four positions, one of which is vacant and not funded in FY20; $18,680 for various operating expenses for the Judges and Judicial Assistants section and; $203,310 for various operating expenses and four positions, one of which is vacant and not funded in FY20, for the Felony and Misdemeanor Mental Health Court.

■    25% is allocated to fund personnel and legal materials for the public as part of a law library in Broward County. Funding from this revenue source is supplemented by other law library revenues to provide a total budgeted amount of $806,360.

■    25% is allocated to assist Legal Aid programs in Broward County. This revenue source is supplemented by the general fund in order to provide a total budgeted amount of $1,220,000.

■    25% is allocated to support three positions to refer and monitor diverted juvenile cases in order to prevent them from being filed in the court ($172,460) and operating expenses at the Juvenile Intervention Facility at the request of the Broward Sheriff's Office ($54,000). Continuation of Juvenile Intervention Facility enhancements funded with the court cost revenues is subject to actual revenues received in future years.

■    As a result of the declining revenue source, approximately 47% of FY20 funding for the Chief Judge's local option programs is supported by a transfer from the General Fund. FY21 funding from court cost revenues is projected to remain insufficient to cover the total cost of all local option programs.

Division


Judicial Technology Fee

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Guardian ad Litem

$5,128

$22,030

$13,350

Court Administration

$2,812,624

$3,007,380

$2,797,760

Public Defender

$1,203,891

$997,400

$920,000

State Attorney

$1,584,259

$1,545,040

$1,570,040

Total

$5,605,902

$5,571,850

$5,301,150

REVENUES

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Charges for Services

$3,095,913

$3,000,000

$3,000,000

Interest and Other Earnings

$42,840

$23,000

$45,000

Fund Balance

$1,755,000

$300,000

$750,000

Less Five Percent

$0

($151,150)

($152,250)

Transfer from General Fund

$1,840,446

$2,400,000

$1,658,400

Total

$6,734,199

$5,571,850

$5,301,150

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Personnel Services

$1,533,795

$1,668,760

$1,731,690

Operating Expenses

$2,860,199

$2,909,440

$2,915,610

Capital Outlay

$1,211,908

$993,650

$653,850

Total

$5,605,902

$5,571,850

$5,301,150

Total Positions

20

20

20

BUDGET VARIANCES

-305,700 Normal Increases and Decreases
62,930 Personnel Services
(28,830) Operating Expense
(339,800) Capital Outlay Expense
BUDGET SUPPLEMENTS
35,000 Increase in operating expenses to support service costs related to the text alert function of the Public Defender's case management system.
-270,700 TOTAL DECREASE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

In accordance with the authority granted by Section 28.24 Florida Statutes, an additional recording service charge of $4 per page has been imposed for each instrument listed in s. 28.222, except judgments received from the courts and notices lis pendens, recorded in the official records. From the additional $4 service charge collected, $2 shall be distributed to the Boards of County Commissioners to be used exclusively to fund court-related technology needs for the state trial courts, state attorney and public defender.

BUDGET COMMENTS

■    In FY20, $2,797,760 is funded for Court Administration to support 20 information technology positions, software and hardware maintenance/support. Additionally, Court Administration's FY20 budget includes funding for the following capital items; computer desktops, laptops, mobile devices, docking stations and monitors for laptops, replacement servers, switches, routers, and mobile video conferencing units.

■    In FY20, $920,000 is allocated to the Public Defender's office for 3 contractual IT positions and software support. The Public Defender's FY20 budget also includes funding for the following capital outlay items; hardware to store footage from Broward Sheriff's Office body cameras, replacement switches, servers, uninterruptible power supplies, and licenses for various software programs.

■    In FY20, $1,570,040 is funded for the State Attorney for 5 contractual IT positions, software support, data linkages and automation-related contractual services. The FY20 allocation also includes funding to replace desktop computers, servers, and a laser printer.

■    In FY20, $13,350 is funded for Guardian ad Litem program for special circuit lines and equipment maintenance. Additionally, funding is included for new desktops and laptop computers.

Division


Teen Court Fee

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Teen Court

$375,085

$863,670

$879,250

Total

$375,085

$863,670

$879,250

REVENUES

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Charges for Services

$291,416

$248,000

$303,000

Miscellaneous Revenue

$40

$0

$0

Interest and Other Earnings

$10,881

$8,500

$12,000

Fund Balance

$703,000

$620,000

$580,000

Less Five Percent

$0

($12,830)

($15,750)

Total

$1,005,337

$863,670

$879,250

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Personnel Services

$358,914

$345,720

$403,620

Operating Expenses

$16,171

$26,280

$26,280

Other Budgetary Reserves

$0

$491,670

$449,350

Total

$375,085

$863,670

$879,250

Total Positions

10

10

10

BUDGET VARIANCES

54,020 Increase in personnel services due to funding one of the four vacant positions that were not funded in FY19.
(42,320) Decrease in reserves primarily due to a decrease in fund balance.
$3,880 Normal Increases and Decreases
3,880 Personnel Services
$15,580 TOTAL INCREASE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

In accordance with the authority granted by Section 938.19 Florida Statutes, the County Commission has authorized a $2 surcharge which will be imposed against each person who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is convicted of a violation of a criminal law or municipal or county ordinance, or who pays a fine or civil penalty for any violation of Chapter 316 to fund the operation and administration of the teen court.

BUDGET COMMENTS

■ Three of the ten Teen Court positions remain vacant and are not funded in FY20 due to insufficient revenue from traffic tickets.

Division


Law Library

SECTION SUMMARY

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Law Library

$127,673

$742,900

$579,900

Total

$127,673

$742,900

$579,900

REVENUES

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Charges for Services

$8,901

$7,500

$7,500

Miscellaneous Revenue

$24,384

$24,500

$24,500

Interest and Other Earnings

$11,601

$10,000

$10,000

Fund Balance

$773,000

$703,000

$540,000

Less Five Percent

$0

($2,100)

($2,100)

Total

$817,886

$742,900

$579,900

APPROPRIATIONS

FY18 Actuals

FY19 Budget

FY20 Budget

Personnel Services

$1,169

$71,840

$64,750

Operating Expenses

$0

$0

$7,000

Capital Outlay

$126,504

$123,680

$63,250

Other Budgetary Reserves

$0

$547,380

$444,900

Total

$127,673

$742,900

$579,900

Total Positions

0

1

1

BUDGET VARIANCES

-$60,430 Decrease in capital outlay to mitigate the depletion of this fund's reserves due to ongoing revenue issues in this fund.
-$102,480 Decrease in reserves due to a decrease in Fund Balance.
-$90 Normal Increases and Decreases
(7,090) Personnel Services
7,000 Operating Expense
-$163,000 TOTAL DECREASE

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The total proposed budget for the Law Library is $806,360, of which $226,460 is budgeted in the Court Cost Special Purpose Fund. This $226,460 is supported with a $65 court cost fee levied by the Board of County Commission as authorized through Article V Legislation. The remainder is funded in this Special Purpose Fund.

Broward County, Florida - Fiscal Year 2020 Recommended Operating Budget 3-13


FY20 Recommended Broward County Annual Budget, July 15, 2019