Date Requested: February 18, 2015
Time Requested: 10:17 AM
Agency: Supreme Court of Appeals
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
3207 Introduced SB415
CBD Subject: Crime


Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

This bill increases the number of circuit judges serving the 5th Judicial Circuit from two judges to three judges; serving the 10th circuit from three judges to four judges; serving the 23rd Judicial Circuit from five judges to six judges; and 26th Judicial Circuit from one judge to two judges. The bill has an internal effective date of January 1, 2017.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 1,846,716
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

COST OF ADDING A CIRCUIT JUDGE Salary & Benefits Circuit Judge – $164,743 Secretary – $70,708.00 Court Reporter – $76,569.00 Law Clerk – $69,546.00 Probation Officer – $70,893.00 TOTAL – $452,459.00 Non- recurring first year expenses Computer System $5,000 Computer, software, and printers Copier & Fax $1,100 Purchase of one copier/fax/printer Typewriter $800 Purchase of one typewriter for the secretary 2 sets of Code $2,000 One set of the WV Code for the Judge and their clerk Other Equipment $1,000 Dictating and other Robes $750 One robe for each judge TOTAL – $10,650 Recurring Expenses Travel $4,500 Probation Officer & Judge's staff Law Library updates $1,000 for 2 sets of code Conference Expense $2,000 2 Judicial Conference - travel expense Education Expense $1,000 Probation conference Cellular phone $720 TOTAL – $9,220 Total of all expenses– $472,329 (1st Year) Total for subsequent years: $461,679 Cost of adding four additional circuit judges: 1st year: $1,889,316 Subsequent years: $1,846,716 PLEASE NOTE: Since this legislation provides that these new judges will be running in the 2016 election cycle and will not be taking office until January 1, 2017, there is no fiscal impact for the upcoming fiscal year. Next fiscal year, the costs will only be for half year but since it will be the first year, it is half of the 1st year figure to cover the start-up costs association with a new position. Full implementation will be in FY18 at 1,846,716


    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Tina A Payne
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