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Grand Jury
Court Special Services
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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.

Recommended Changes and Operational Impact



Not applicable as all 19 employees in this Department are employed by the Court.  


Net operating expenditure increased by $8,000 due to:

o+$8,000 increase in Services and Supplies due to an increase in services and expenditures in indigent defense fees.


Net operating expenditure increased by $938 due to:

o+$938 increase in restricted funds for dispute resolution. 


These changes result in recommended operating expenditures for FY 2017-18 of $15,256,900, non-operating expenditures of $77,538, resulting in total expenditures of $15,334,438. Non-operating expenditures are restricted funds for dispute resolution.


Net operating revenue decrease $2,129 primarily due to:

o-$2,129 decrease in Use of Money and Property due to a decrease in unrealized investment income.


Net Non-operating revenue increase $11,067 due to:  

o+$8,000 increase in Intrafund Expenditure Transfer from Probation.

o+944 increase in Restricted Funds from Dispute Resolution.

o+$2,123 decrease in Committed due to unrealized gains on investments.


These changes result in recommended operating revenues of $6,618,571, non-operating revenues of $8,715,867, resulting in total revenues of $15,334,438.  Non-operating revenues primarily include General Fund Contribution, intrafund transfers, and Decreases to Fund Balance.

Proposed Changes and Operational Impact


Criminal defense contracts expire in June of 2017.  Replacement services must be addressed.  Further, recent multiple defendant gang related cases will likely result in larger than anticipated investigative costs.

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