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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 590         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 830

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James E. Timilty

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to promote public safety through the equitable allocation of funding for prosecutors and public defenders in the Commonwealth..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James E. Timilty

Bristol and Norfolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 590        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 830

By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 830) of James E. Timilty for legislation to promote public safety through the equitable allocation of funding for prosecutors and public defenders in the Commonwealth.  The Judiciary. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 898 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to promote public safety through the equitable allocation of funding for prosecutors and public defenders in the Commonwealth..
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

                              SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, no later than October 1, 2014, the Chief Justice of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court shall submit to the secretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, the chairpersons of the house and senate committees on ways and means, the chief counsel of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) and the executive director of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association a report indicating the number of all criminal and delinquency cases initiated in the courts of the Commonwealth during fiscal year 2013, delineated as follows: the number of criminal cases  filed in the district courts and in the Boston Municipal Court; the number of youthful offender and delinquency cases filed in the juvenile courts; the number of criminal cases filed in the superior courts and, of those cases, how many were cases charging murder or manslaughter; and the number of petitions filed by the Commonwealth in superior court seeking the commitment of a respondent as a sexually dangerous person under G.L. ch. 123A.  For purposes of this section the term “case” shall mean one defendant with one set of related criminal charges. The report shall indicate, of those cases or petitions, the number where the Commonwealth was represented by an assistant district attorney.  The report shall also indicate, of those cases or petitions, the number where the defendant was represented by a public defender employed by the Committee for Public Counsel Services and the number where the defendant was represented by a private attorney employed by the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

                              SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any special or general rule to the contrary, in determining budgets for fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, the executive office of administration and finance and the House and Senate committees on ways and means shall weight all cases as follows:  each district court criminal case and juvenile delinquency case shall be counted as one; each petition seeking a commitment under G.L. ch. 123A shall be counted as three; each superior court criminal case shall be counted as three; and each homicide or manslaughter case shall be counted as four.  From these weights there shall be determined a caseload ratio for the District Attorneys and the Committee for Public Counsel Services.  On or after January 1, 2015, in no event shall the annual total appropriation, including supplemental funding, for the District Attorneys or the criminal caseload of the Committee for Public Counsel Services exceed this ratio by more than 10%.

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