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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

Presentation to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners

Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

February 22, 2011


Presentation to the orange county board of county commissioners

Booking and Receiving Center

  • 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


Presentation to the orange county board of county commissioners

Booking and Receiving Center

  • 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


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Mental Health Court

  • 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


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Drug Court

  • 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


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Domestic Violence Court

  • 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


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Family Ties

  • 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


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Teen Court

  • 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


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Neighborhood Restorative 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


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Sanctioned to Read

  • 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


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Orange County

Budget FY 2010-11

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


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Governor’s

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


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Challenges

  • 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


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Challenges

  • 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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