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Justice Administrative Commission

What is the purpose of the commission?

The Justice Administrative Commission was created by Ch. 65-328, Laws of Florida, (s. 43.16, Florida Statutes), as a central office providing 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 compliance and financial 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 registry attorneys, private attorneys on behalf of indigent for cost clients, private court-appointed capital collateral attorneys, and related due process service providers and reviews their billings for completeness and compliance with statutory and contractual requirements. The commission's My JAC secure website allows court-appointed attorneys and due process service providers to execute agreements with the commission, submit case opening documents, and submit invoices and supporting documents online.
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 2017-18, the commission processed 334,049 accounting transactions and 66,398 court-appointed attorney and due process vendor invoices. The commission processed 96.73% of invoices within statutory time frames (the legislative performance standard was 95.00%).

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
CAPITAL COLLATERAL REGIONAL COUNSELS
PROGRAM: MIDDLE REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - MIDDLE REGIONAL COUNSEL
5,282,828
42.00
PROGRAM: NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
2,822,712
20.00
PROGRAM: SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
4,335,341
34.00
CRIMINAL CONFLICT AND CIVIL REGIONAL COUNSELS
01-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FIRST
13,156,404
124.00
02-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - SECOND
11,923,896
123.00
03-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - THIRD
7,639,509
68.75
04-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FOURTH
12,479,105
119.00
05-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FIFTH
9,678,142
98.00
PROGRAM: JUSTICE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
119,259,455
109.00
PROGRAM: STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE
53,535,235
747.50
PUBLIC DEFENDERS
PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE DIVISION
02-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,213,899
35.00
07-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,159,845
33.00
10-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
4,857,056
50.00
11-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
1,770,433
18.00
15-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
4,087,361
37.00
01-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,302,540
126.00
02-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,842,018
86.00
03-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,349,836
32.50
04-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
13,289,029
156.00
05-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,721,088
127.50
06-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,633,234
241.50
07-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
9,668,462
117.00
08-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,423,393
75.00
09-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
17,722,259
220.00
10-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
9,228,703
116.00
11-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
31,934,397
390.00
12-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
8,159,881
95.50
13-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,620,409
217.50
14-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,196,562
67.00
15-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
15,887,077
189.00
16-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,288,930
39.00
17-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
19,622,062
223.00
18-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,459,007
113.00
19-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
7,548,771
86.00
20-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
12,812,966
141.00
STATE ATTORNEYS
01-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,072,537
230.00
02-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,557,402
114.00
03-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
5,947,208
70.00
04-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
30,040,067
364.00
05-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
21,572,334
244.00
06-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
37,459,407
460.00
07-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
19,221,373
238.00
08-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,911,792
135.00
09-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
30,513,772
375.00
10-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
20,880,972
234.00
11-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
90,358,829
1,268.00
12-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
15,634,271
192.00
13-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
28,396,270
332.00
14-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,328,299
122.00
15-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
27,640,565
333.00
16-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
5,311,723
62.00
17-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
40,968,418
511.00
18-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
22,912,433
285.00
19-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
13,218,354
165.00
20-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
24,797,792
310.00
TOTAL
982,655,663
10,560.75

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
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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