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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 2018-19, the commission processed 374,748 accounting transactions and 63,518 court-appointed attorney and due process vendor invoices. The commission processed 89.22% 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
5,304,871
42.00
PROGRAM: NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - NORTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
2,843,841
20.00
PROGRAM: SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
CAPITAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATION - SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNSEL
4,380,505
34.00
CRIMINAL CONFLICT AND CIVIL REGIONAL COUNSELS
01-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FIRST
13,316,998
124.00
02-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - SECOND
12,099,411
123.00
03-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - THIRD
7,779,084
68.75
04-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FOURTH
12,635,404
119.00
05-PROGRAM: REGIONAL CONFLICT COUNSEL - FIFTH
9,565,381
98.00
PROGRAM: JUSTICE ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
118,679,349
104.00
PROGRAM: STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM OFFICE
53,986,603
747.50
PUBLIC DEFENDERS
PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE DIVISION
02-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,255,103
35.00
07-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,199,104
33.00
10-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
4,911,316
50.00
11-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
1,795,619
18.00
15-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS APPELLATE - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
4,136,845
37.00
01-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,415,437
126.00
02-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,941,770
86.00
03-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,388,198
32.50
04-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
13,447,042
156.00
05-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,859,003
127.50
06-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,880,404
241.50
07-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
9,799,607
117.00
08-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,512,336
75.00
09-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
17,851,117
220.00
10-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
9,315,152
116.00
11-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
32,330,159
390.00
12-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
8,258,480
95.50
13-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,821,495
217.50
14-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,264,621
67.00
15-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
16,073,769
189.00
16-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
3,331,978
39.00
17-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
19,919,510
223.00
18-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,593,757
113.00
19-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
7,626,450
86.00
20-PROGRAM: PUBLIC DEFENDERS - TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
12,919,451
141.00
STATE ATTORNEYS
01-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
18,316,920
230.00
02-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,691,814
114.00
03-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
6,025,681
70.00
04-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
30,417,175
364.00
05-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
22,440,839
249.00
06-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
37,775,247
460.00
07-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
19,388,576
238.00
08-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,998,490
135.00
09-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
30,812,189
375.00
10-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
21,089,349
234.00
11-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
91,366,228
1,268.00
12-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
15,816,490
192.00
13-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
28,734,698
332.00
14-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
10,394,521
122.00
15-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
27,893,236
333.00
16-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
5,330,982
62.00
17-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - SEVENTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
41,359,935
511.00
18-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
23,104,224
285.00
19-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
13,385,535
165.00
20-PROGRAM: STATE ATTORNEYS - TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
25,086,336
310.00
TOTAL
991,867,635
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

OPPAGA Report:  Due Process Services, 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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