Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Justice Administrative Commission

What is the purpose of the commission?

The Justice Administrative Commission was created in 1965 and provides administrative services on behalf of 49 judicial related entities, including Florida's state attorneys, public defenders, the capital collateral regional counsels, the criminal conflict and civil regional counsels, and the Guardian ad Litem Program. The commission also provides review of billings for services provided by private court-appointed attorneys representing indigent citizens and associated due process vendors.

What is the composition of the commission?

The commission is comprised of two state attorneys and two public defenders, who are appointed by their respective professional associations, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, and the Florida Public Defender Association. The commissioners appoint the executive director. 

What services does the commission provide?

The commission provides administrative services to the 49 judicial related entities primarily in the areas of accounting, budget, financial services, and human resources. The commission contracts with private court-appointed attorneys, indigent for cost attorneys, and due process service providers and reviews their billings for completeness and compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.

The commission is also charged with maintaining a registry of mental health and other experts who are available and willing to provide examinations and expert testimony in proceedings relating to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. While the commission does not verify the professional qualifications of persons listed on the registry, s. 394.932, Florida Statutes, requires the commission to list the name and contact information of all persons holding themselves out to be qualified to provide examinations and expert testimony upon request.

The commission also holds regular public meetings.

What is the commission's workload and performance?

In Fiscal Year 2019-20, the commission processed 397,210 accounting transactions and 58,897 court-appointed attorney and due process vendor invoices. The commission processed 97.13% of invoices within statutory time frames (the legislative performance standard was 95.00%).

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2021-22
Fund Dollars Positions
JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
CAPITAL COLLATERAL REGIONAL COUNSELS
PROGRAM: MIDDLE REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - MIDDLE REGIONAL COUNSEL
5,423,628
42.00
PROGRAM: NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
2,877,128
20.00
PROGRAM: SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
4,515,545
34.00
CRIMINAL CONFLICT AND CIVIL REGIONAL COUNSELS
01-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FIRST
14,792,222
137.00
02-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - SECOND
13,172,268
127.50
03-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - THIRD
8,755,767
76.50
04-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FOURTH
14,070,993
127.00
05-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FIFTH
10,286,991
104.00
PROGRAM: JUSTICE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
150,737,729
98.50
PROGRAM: STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE
55,812,109
747.50
PUBLIC DEFENDERS
PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE DIVISION
02-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,330,066
35.00
07-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,318,016
33.00
10-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
5,083,028
50.00
11-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
1,869,060
18.00
15-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
4,285,894
37.00
01-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,825,522
126.00
02-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
7,244,150
86.00
03-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,497,926
33.00
04-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
13,916,513
156.00
05-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
11,231,400
127.50
06-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
19,626,022
238.50
07-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,144,603
117.00
08-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,738,074
75.00
09-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,506,057
220.00
10-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
9,649,912
116.00
11-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
33,541,024
390.00
12-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
9,299,311
95.50
13-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
19,489,065
217.00
14-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,472,358
67.00
15-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
16,654,467
189.00
16-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,446,102
39.00
17-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
20,640,447
223.00
18-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,966,965
113.00
19-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
7,880,148
86.00
20-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
13,335,585
141.00
STATE ATTORNEYS
01-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,517,884
230.00
02-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
11,057,114
114.00
03-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,315,302
70.00
04-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
31,512,361
364.00
05-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
22,753,785
244.00
06-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
40,303,425
463.00
07-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
20,192,216
238.00
08-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
11,354,797
135.00
09-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
32,734,695
385.50
10-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
21,865,384
234.00
11-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
94,692,495
1,268.00
12-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
16,849,160
192.00
13-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
29,795,274
332.00
14-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,698,365
122.00
15-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
28,996,081
333.00
16-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
5,503,403
62.00
17-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
43,674,778
511.50
18-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
23,971,831
285.00
19-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
14,059,139
165.00
20-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
25,966,413
303.00
TOTAL
1,062,249,997
10,593.50

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?


A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports

Due Process Services, OPPAGA Report 19-18, December 2019

Justice Administrative Commission, Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office, and Selected Offices of State Attorneys, Public Defenders, Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels, and Capital Collateral Regional Counsels - Operational Audit, Auditor General Report No. 2020-008, July 2019. 

Justice Administrative Commission - Offices of the State Attorneys - Third Judicial Circuit - Fifth Judicial Circuit - Sixth Judicial Circuit - Offices of the Public Defenders - Third Judicial Circuit - Sixteenth Judicial Circuit - and - Offices of the Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel - Operational Audit, Auditor General Report No. 2015-061, December 2014.

The Auditor General reports on the Justice Administration Commission operations are available on its website.


Websites of Interest
Capital Collateral Regional Counsels
Guardian ad Litem
Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, First District
Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District
Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Third District
Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Fourth District
Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Fifth District

Performance Information


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Sections 27.511, 39.8296, 40.29, 43.16, and 394.932, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Alton L. "Rip" Colvin, Jr., Executive Director, 850-488-2415

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