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OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET - Fayette County Government

OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET - Fayette County Government

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Department: Public Defender Cost Center: 10020800 Function: Judicial Fund: General Major Department Functions The State of Georgia passed the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003. The provision of this act were implemented beginning July 1, 2004 with the hiring of a Public Defender for each Judicial Circuit of Georgia. The office became fully operational on January 1, 2005. The contract with the Public Defenders Office and Fayette County is for handling Superior Court and Juvenile Court delinquency cases. The County additionally has contracted with this office to handle State Court and Juvenile Court deprivation cases. No significant expenditure changes. Significant Expenditure Changes FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2010 FY 2011 BUDGET SUMMARY FUNDING SOURCES Actual Budget Actual Adopted Public Defender Application Fees $ 550 $ 350 $ 550 $ 350 General Fund Contribution 504,366 484,449 484,248 484,449 Total Funding Sources $ 504,916 $ 484,799 $ 484,798 $ 484,799 APPROPRIATIONS Circuit Wide Contract Service $ 286,904 $ 275,428 $ 275,428 $ 275,428 Lower Court Contract Fees 217,796 209,084 209,084 209,084 Other Operating 216 287 286 287 Total Appropriations $ 504,916 $ 484,799 $ 484,798 $ 484,799 WORKLOAD INDICATORS 2006 Actual Fayette County cases handled by Public Defender Office 1,307 V - 56 2007 Actual 1,346 2008 Actual 1,432 2009 Estimate 1,475

Department: State Court Judge Cost Center: 10020330 Function: Judicial Fund: General Mission Statement The mission of the State Court of Fayette County is to: Uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and these United States, as well as the ordinances duly passed by the Fayette County Commission Treat with fairness and dignity all persons coming before the Court, no matter their station or circumstances in life; Administer justice uniformly and impartially, without prejudice or favor to any party; Provide an open forum for the redress of grievances, both public and private; Maintain the highest standards of judicial ethics and conduct; Efficiently and effectively dispose of all cases on the State Court s civil and criminal dockets in a timely manner and in accordance with the law. Major Department Functions The State Court has jurisdiction, within the territorial limits of the county, over all criminal matters below the grade of felony, including misdemeanors, traffic violations, and county ordinance violations. The State Court has jurisdiction over all civil matters, without regard to the amount in controversy, concurrent with the Superior Courts, unless the Superior Courts have exclusive jurisdiction (i.e. disputes concerning title to land, divorce, child custody, etc.). The State Court also has jurisdiction over the review of decisions of other courts as provided by law. Major FY 2011 Goals Significantly expedite the handling of civil cases in Fayette County by providing an alternative to Superior Court for filing these actions. Effectively administrate traffic violation cases. Improve the efficiency of the State Court Judge by having a law clerk do the research on a growing number of civil cases being filed in State Court. Significant Expenditure and Staffing Changes There are no significant expenditure or staffing changes. V - 57

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