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File #: 17-0861    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 7/26/2017 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/8/2017 Final action: 8/8/2017
Title: Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board approve a budget transfer reducing General Fund Contingency by $160,000 and increase appropriations in the Superior Court Maintenance of Effort budget unit for expenses related to indigent defense services and ancillary costs for Fiscal Year 2016/17. (4/5 vote required) FUNDING: General Fund Contingency.
Attachments: 1. A - FY 16.17 Court MOE Contingency Transfer 8-8-17
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Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board approve a budget transfer reducing General Fund Contingency by $160,000 and increase appropriations in the Superior Court Maintenance of Effort budget unit for expenses related to indigent defense services and ancillary costs for Fiscal Year 2016/17. (4/5 vote required)

FUNDING: General Fund Contingency.
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DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION
The constitutions of the United States and California mandate that persons who are accused of crimes or are otherwise at risk for loss of liberty, and who do not have the means to pay for legal representation due to indigence be provided legal representation at public expense. The primary provider of these services in El Dorado County is the Public Defender; however, there are instances in which the Public Defender's Office, due to a conflict of interest or other valid reason, cannot ethically represent certain indigent defendants. In these circumstances, the Court appoints an attorney from outside the Public Defender's Office to provide representation. The County contracts with El Dorado Law to administer a panel of local, private attorneys, known as the "Conflict Panel," to provide these services; however, there are instances in which an attorney that is not under contract with the County ("unaffiliated attorney") is appointed by the Court to represent an indigent defendant. The County is obligated to pay the attorneys' fees and the cost of any Court-ordered ancillary expenses, such as expert witness consultation and psychological evaluations, related to such representation.

Each year, the CAO's Office estimates the amounts that will be needed to cover the contract expenses, additional non-contract attorney appointments, and ancillary expenses. In FY 2016-17, due to higher levels of activity than expected, including multiple unaffiliated attorney appointments and more complex trials assigned to the Conflict Panel, costs have exceeded the estimated budget. Specificall...

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