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Legal Affairs Provides Valuable Legal Services, But Accountability Needs to Be Strengthened, Report No. 99-53, May 2000
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  • The Department of Legal Affairs did not meet the majority of its performance-based program budgeting standards, and the measures generally do not assess agency effectiveness.
  • The department wins most of its court cases, but settlement agreements are not always monetarily favorable to the state.
  • Judges and state agencies express general satisfaction with attorney work, but agencies complain about a lack of responsiveness.
  • Department accountability is limited by the Office of the Inspector General’s lack of oversight and by inadequate department billing practices.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

The Attorney General (Department of Legal Affairs)
Criminal and Civil Litigation Defense
Civil Enforcement
Constitutional Legal Services
Statewide Prosecution

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-24 Progress Report: Legal Affairs Adopts Most OPPAGA Recommendations to Improve Accountability, published in April 2002.
  • Report No. 96-58 Follow-up Report on the Division of Economic Crime Within the Department of Legal Affairs, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-44 Evaluation of Child Welfare Legal Services Pilot Projects, published in January 1997.
  • Report No. 94-05 Performance Audit of the Division of Economic Crime, published in September 1994.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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