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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title V
JUDICIAL BRANCH
Chapter 40
JURIES; PAYMENT OF JURORS AND DUE PROCESS COSTS
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F.S. 40.29
40.29 Payment of due-process costs.
(1) Each clerk of the circuit court, on behalf of the state attorney, private court-appointed counsel, the public defender, and the criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, shall forward to the Justice Administrative Commission, by county, a quarterly estimate of funds necessary to pay for ordinary witnesses, including, but not limited to, witnesses in civil traffic cases and witnesses of the state attorney, the public defender, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, private court-appointed counsel, and persons determined to be indigent for costs. Each quarter of the state fiscal year, the commission, based upon the estimates, shall advance funds to each clerk to pay for these ordinary witnesses from state funds specifically appropriated for the payment of ordinary witnesses.
(2) Upon receipt of an estimate pursuant to subsection (1), the Justice Administrative Commission shall endorse the amount deemed necessary for payment by the clerk of the court during the quarterly fiscal period and shall submit a request for payment to the Chief Financial Officer.
(3) Upon receipt of the funds from the Chief Financial Officer, the clerk of the court shall pay all invoices approved and submitted by the state attorney, the public defender, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and private court-appointed counsel for the items enumerated in subsection (1).
(4) After review for compliance with applicable rates and requirements, the Justice Administrative Commission shall pay all due process service related invoices, except those enumerated in subsection (1), approved and submitted by the state attorney, the public defender, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, or private court-appointed counsel in accordance with the applicable requirements of ss. 29.005, 29.006, and 29.007.
(5) The Justice Administrative Commission shall reimburse funds to the clerks of the court to compensate jurors, to pay for meals or lodging provided to jurors, and to pay for jury-related personnel costs as provided in this section. Each clerk of the court must submit a request for reimbursement to the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation within 20 days after each quarter attesting to the clerk’s actual costs to compensate jurors, to pay for meals or lodging provided to jurors, and to pay for jury-related personnel costs. The Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation must review the request for reimbursement to ensure that the costs are reasonably and directly related to jury management. The Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation must forward to the Justice Administrative Commission the amount necessary to reimburse each clerk of the court for its personnel and other costs related to jury management unless the total request for reimbursement by the clerks exceeds the quarterly funds available to the Justice Administrative Commission, in which case the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation shall adjust the cumulative total to match the available funds before submitting the request to the Justice Administrative Commission. Upon receipt of each request for reimbursement, the Justice Administrative Commission must review the amount deemed necessary for payment to the clerks of the court for the most recently completed quarter, determine if the total payment amount is available, and submit a request for payment to the Chief Financial Officer. The clerks of the court are responsible for any compensation to jurors, for payments for meals or lodging provided to jurors, and for jury-related personnel costs that exceed the funding provided in the General Appropriations Act for these purposes.
History.s. 1, ch. 4121, 1893; GS 1591; s. 1, ch. 7262, 1917; RGS 2793; CGL 4479; s. 1, ch. 65-483; s. 2, ch. 68-7; s. 6, ch. 69-353; s. 9, ch. 73-334; s. 12, ch. 79-235; ss. 2, 7, ch. 82-176; s. 252, ch. 95-147; s. 17, ch. 95-312; s. 1, ch. 98-92; s. 62, ch. 2003-402; s. 38, ch. 2004-265; s. 27, ch. 2005-236; s. 16, ch. 2008-111; s. 6, ch. 2017-126; s. 9, ch. 2021-116.