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


FUND(S):



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
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
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



Memorandum


    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Tina A Payne
    Email Address: tina.payne@courtswv.gov