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Lack of Uniform Definitions Complicates Funding Article V Based on the Number of Cases Worked, Report No. 03-24, March 2003
 
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  • One option for funding state attorneys and public defenders under Article V would be to allocate funds based on the number of cases in which they participate.  However, the number of cases reported by the clerks of court, state attorneys, and public defenders differs substantially.  This occurs because the entities are involved in different aspects of the legal process, so their definition of “case” varies.
  • While the court has established general rules for defining cases, state attorneys have some discretion in how these rules are applied. 
  • The Legislature has used case data in a limited way in allocating funds to state attorneys and public defenders.  Establishing a more extensive case-based funding formula or a case-weighting system is theoretically feasible, but may not be practical at this time due to time and budget constraints.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Justice Administrative Commission  State Attorneys
Justice Administrative Commission  Public Defenders
State Courts System  (Courts)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-11A Clerk and Court State Funded Court-Related 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget Information,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 10-11 Little Duplication in Court-Related Services; Clerk/Court Cooperation Should Be Improved,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 01-54 Information Brief: Many Article V Trial Courts Funding Issues Still Need to Be Resolved,  published in November 2001.

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