Monday, March 16, 2015
Contact your Senators on the Budget and Taxation Committee to urge them to REJECT THE PRETRIAL COST SHIFT
Counties already are bearing major costs under the new system of providing legal representation before District Court Commissioners. This unfair proposal only piles on more county costs, which the counties can’t even manage.
Rejecting this DLS-recommended budget language would mean:
The FY 15 budget included a one-time, stop-gap measure — $10 million in to the Judiciary’s budget to provide pretrial representation before District Court Commissioners consistent with the holding of the Court of Appeals in DeWolfe v. Richmond. This was accompanied by the troubling provision requiring any cost-overrun in the program to be paid by county governments.
To continue this language into a second year’s budget sets an alarming precedent and puts counties in a difficult position of having to cover the costs for a program they cannot control.
MACo Contact: Email Natasha Mehu, Policy Analyst