Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commissioner Chambers 9:00 a.m. - January 29, 2013
REVISED January 29, 2013 Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #12

Resolution 13-31 Certifying local court-related program requirements

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Karen Windon, Deputy County Administrator

Action Requested

Adopt Resolution 13-31

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statute 29.008(2)(c)

Background Discussion

During the 2013 budget workshops, Larry Eger, Public Defender, and Walt Smith, Court Administrator, requested additional funding for the Drug Court program. This request was predicated on the significant increase in Drug Court clients. The request included an additional $52,000 for a third Drug Court counselor from Manatee Glens, as well as an additional $10,000 for drug testing reagents. As this request came from outside of the budget cycle, it was determined that staff needed to develop a better process going forward.


Article V of the Florida Constitution holds that the state is not be responsible for local court related programs such as alternative dispute resolution, domestic violence case coordination and drug court programs, and that the counties, while not required to pay for optional programs, may choose to provide financial support for such programs. This financial participation can be in the best interest of community safety and maximize resource utilization by decreasing jail populations.


Florida Statutes § 29.008(2)(c) requires the Circuit Chief Judge to coordinate the identification of local court requirements in the county, and to certify to the county commission a budget for these programs.


This resolution suggests that the Chief Judge meet with involved stakeholders to determine the needs and program requirements for which county funding is being sought, to include reasonable and necessary salaries, costs, and expenses.  The resolution also suggests that the Circuit Chief Judge’s certification discuss a prioritization of the requirements or programs, to aid in funding decision making.   While the statutory requirement for certification is for a June 1st document, in light of the county budget cycle, the resolution anticipates a March 1 submission.


County staff continues to work closely with the courts to maximize opportunities and to evaluate the program offerings and the efficacy of the funds for these programs. Multiple meetings between the Court Administration and County staff occurred to ensure that this resolution would add value to the budgeting and funding process.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Forward copy to Court Administrator's Office

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  CourtNeedsCertRES.pdf