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Mission Statement

Court Special Services supports the Court’s mission to protect constitutional rights and liberties, equally apply the law, resolve disputes, and reconcile relationships in a fair and timely manner.

About the Department

With the passage of the Lockyer-Isenberg Trial Court Funding Act of 1997 (AB 233), the primary responsibility for funding Court operations shifted from the County to the State.  As a result of this shift, the County is required to make a Maintenance of Effort (MOE) financial contribution to the State for Court funding, which is fixed by statute and determined using the County's Fiscal Year (FY) 1994-95 base year expenditures. Along with the shift of financial responsibility, most of the Court’s operating budget also shifted to the State.  The budget presented here for Court Special Services includes the County’s obligation for funding the annual MOE contribution to the State of approximately $10.2 million.   This contribution is comprised of $8.2 million in General Fund and approximately $2 million from County’s share of Fees, Fines, & Penalties.  


Court Special Services are budgeted in three Programs: Grand Jury, Court Special Services, and Conflict Defense.  The Grand Jury is comprised of both the Civil and Criminal Grand Jury programs.  Court Special Services are comprised of Pretrial Services, Enhanced Collections, Court Administered Dispute Resolution (CADRe), Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission, Family & Children Services, and Small Claims Advisory programs.  Conflict Defense is contract defense attorneys appointed to represent indigent defendants when the public defender declares a conflict of interest and it also includes investigator and expert services as they relate to the defendant’s case.

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