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Presentation to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. February 22, 2011. Booking and Receiving Center. Facts 3 Courtrooms 2 Misdemeanor Divisions – Initial Appearances 1 Felony Division – Violations of Probation Staff 3 Judges

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Presentation to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners

Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

February 22, 2011


Booking and Receiving Center Commissioners

  • Facts

  • 3 Courtrooms

    • 2 Misdemeanor Divisions – Initial Appearances

    • 1 Felony Division – Violations of Probation

  • Staff

  • 3 Judges

  • 3 Judicial Assistants

  • Court Reporters and Court Interpreters provide services remotely from the Orange and Osceola County Courthouses


Booking and Receiving Center Commissioners

  • Benefits

  • Reduction in daily jail population

    • 3,493 inmates – February 15, 2011

    • 5,277 – Estimated population without the 3 courtrooms

    • $98,280 savings per day

    • $35,872,404 savings per year

    • Avoids/Delays Jail expansion

    • Avoids/Delays Courthouse expansion

      • 3 Judicial Offices

      • 3 Judicial Assistant Offices

      • 3 Courtrooms

    • Established Second VOP Division

      • Dispositions = 3,334 cases

      • Located in Orange County Courthouse

      • Closed a Juvenile Division


Mental Health Court Commissioners

  • Mental Health Court is a diversion program that diverts mentally ill offenders from the Jail into community based treatment programs.

  • 2010 – Mental Health Court

  • Two County Judges at the BRC

  • Active cases = 121

  • Status hearings = 108

  • 2010 – Mental Health Strike Force

  • Active cases = 1,646

  • Resolved cases = 1,002

  • Mental Health Executive Strike Force

  • Reviews complex cases


Drug Court Commissioners

  • Drug Court consists of a team approach to treatment using the courts to provide oversight with consequences for violation of program rules as well as incentives and rewards for compliance.

  • 2010

  • Adult Drug Court

    • Referrals = 756

    • 76% success rate

    • 14% recidivism rate

  • Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court

    • Referrals = 266

    • 87.7% success rate

  • Family Dependency Drug Court

    • Referrals = 76

    • 83.3% success rate


Domestic Violence Court Commissioners

  • In 2007, the Court established 3 dedicated Domestic Violence Divisions to handle high conflict family cases. The Domestic Violence Courts were the direct result of recommendations outlined in the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Commission’s Final Report.

  • 2010

  • Domestic violence injunctions = 4,535


Family Ties Commissioners

  • The Family Ties Program provides supervised visitation for children and monitored exchanges in a safe and secure environment.

  • 2010

  • Supervised visitations = 397

  • Monitored exchanges = 268


Teen Court Commissioners

  • Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program from Juvenile Court or school suspension. Teen Court is designed to expedite the cases of first-time misdemeanor offenders.

  • 2010

  • Cases filed = 1,154

  • Adult Volunteer Hours = 1,941

  • Teen Volunteer Hours = 4,400


Neighborhood CommissionersRestorative Justice

  • The program empowers victims and the communities through negotiation, conferencing, mediation, and reparation.

  • 2010

  • Misdemeanor referrals = 245

  • Felony referrals = 47

  • Restitution collected = $3,796

  • Community service hours = 8,181


Sanctioned to Read Commissioners

  • Sanctioned to Read is a diagnostic and prescriptive reading program. The purpose of the program is to achieve literacy for each defendant sentenced to the program.

  • 2010

  • Youth in program = 194

  • Grade level increase in comprehension = 1.98

  • Grade level increase in language skills = 2.3


Orange County Commissioners

Budget FY 2010-11

Note - Orange County Clerk of Court reimburses general revenue $289,000 for Court Administration Jury Services


Governor’s Commissioners

FY 2011-12 Budget

  • FY 2011-12

  •   Target reduction for Judicial Branch

    • 574 employees

    • $33.8M

  • Ninth Circuit Court

    • Eliminate 32 Judicial Assistants

    • Eliminate 4 Staff Attorneys

  • FY 2012-13

  • Reduce budget additional 8.65%

    • Eliminate 10 Court Administration positions


Challenges Commissioners

  • Increasing caseload

    • Certified for 5 additional Judges

  • No more available courtrooms

  • No more available chambers

  • Increasing courthouse visitor traffic - lines

    • Chart

    • Photographs

  • Elevator capacity

  • Parking garage capacity

    • Photographs

  • State budget shortfall (current) - $68M

    • Furloughs

    • Layoffs

    • Court closure


Challenges Commissioners

  • Case processing

    • Meaningful pre-trials

    • Special Felony Case Management Program

    • 2010 - Most jury trials and jury trial days of the twenty Judicial Circuits in Florida

      • 799 Trials

      • 1,480 Trial days


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