|Date Requested:February 17, 2012
Time Requested:10:55 AM
| FUND(S) |
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
| The amended bill proposes increases in the hourly rates paid to attorneys representing children and parents in child abuse and neglect cases under Chapter 49, Article Six of the West Virginia Code.
The amended bill will create additional costs to West Virginia Public Defender Services. In the last fiscal year, WVPDS spent approximately $7,791,810 on combined in-court/out-of-court hourly billings in abuse/neglect cases, at hourly rates of $45/hour for out-of-court work and $65/hour for in-court work.
With the proposed increases in the hourly rates to $75/hour for out-of-court and $95/hour for in-court work, and assuming the same number of hours as FY 2011, WVPDS could see an increase in spending of approximately $4,841,945.
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||0||4,841,945||4,841,945|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||0|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
In fiscal year 2011 PDS paid court appointed attorneys for approximately 26,445 hours of in-court work and approximately 134,954 hours of out-of-court work in abuse/neglect cases. At the hourly rates of $45 for out-of-court work and $65 for in-court work, PDS paid approximately $7,791,810 for hourly compensation.
Assuming the same number of submitted hours as FY 2011, an increase in the hourly rates to $75/hour for out-of-court and $95/hour for in-court would result in estimated payments of approximately $12,633,755, resulting in an increase of $4,841,945.
|While the amended bill represents increased costs to the Agency, PDS supports any and all efforts to increase the hourly rates paid to court appointed attorneys. The current hourly rates were established twenty-two years ago and have not been increased since 1990.|