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2004 Florida Statutes

Justice Administrative Commission; membership, powers and duties.
Section 43.16, Florida Statutes 2004

43.16  Justice Administrative Commission; membership, powers and duties.--

(1)  There is hereby created a Justice Administrative Commission, with headquarters located in the state capital. The necessary office space for use of the commission shall be furnished by the proper state agency in charge of state buildings. For purposes of the fees imposed on agencies pursuant to s. 287.057(23), the Justice Administrative Commission shall be exempt from such fees.

(2)  Members of the Justice Administrative Commission shall serve for a period of 2 years, with the terms of each dating from July 1, 1985, except that initially, one state attorney member and one public defender member shall each serve a 1-year term. Members shall be selected in the following manner:

(a)  Two state attorneys, to be appointed by the president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

(b)  Two public defenders, to be appointed by the president of the Florida Public Defenders Association.

(3)  The members of the Justice Administrative Commission are authorized to perform necessary travel incident to official business of the commission and shall be reimbursed therefor in accordance with the provisions of s. 112.061

(4)  The Justice Administrative Commission shall employ an executive director and fix his or her salary. The executive director shall employ any necessary personnel for the efficient performance of the commission according to a classification and pay plan annually approved by the commission.

(5)  The duties of the commission shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a)  The maintenance of a central state office for administrative services and assistance when possible to and on behalf of the state attorneys and public defenders of Florida, the office of capital collateral representative of Florida, and the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

(b)  Each state attorney and public defender and the Judicial Qualifications Commission shall continue to prepare necessary budgets, vouchers which represent valid claims for reimbursement by the state for authorized expenses, and other things incidental to the proper administrative operation of the office, such as revenue transmittals to the Chief Financial Officer and automated systems plans, but will forward same to the commission for recording and submission to the proper state officer. However, when requested by a state attorney or a public defender or the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the commission will either assist in the preparation of budget requests, voucher schedules, and other forms and reports or accomplish the entire project involved.

(6)  The provisions contained in this section shall be supplemental to those of chapter 27, relating to state attorneys and public defenders; to s. 43.20, relating to the Judicial Qualifications Commission; or to other laws pertaining hereto.

History.--ss. 1-6, ch. 65-328; s. 1, ch. 78-174; s. 1, ch. 85-46; s. 4, ch. 85-332; s. 259, ch. 95-147; s. 98, ch. 2003-261; s. 64, ch. 2003-402; s. 42, ch. 2004-265.