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Program A: Legal

Program Authorization: Act 83 of 1977; Act 632 of 1983; Act 326 of 1984

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Legal Program is to provide legal assistance to all offices, boards, and commissions that are part of Public Safety Services.

The goals of the Legal Program:

1. Manage Legal Services in an effective, efficient, and professional manner .

2. Improve collection of fines and convictions in all areas of litigation.

The attorneys of the Litigation Section provide legal advice, prepare legal documents, handle litigation affecting the department, process civil service appeals, draft legislation and regulations, and assist with administrative hearings.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Legal Program, through the Litigation activity, will timely serve 4,500 subpoenas per month, process false arrest suits, answer garnishments and wage assignments, and prepare disciplinary letters within five days of receipt

2. In FY 1998-99, the Legal Program, through the Litigation activity, will defend 99% of driver's license suits.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund, Interagency Transfers, and Self-Generated Revenues. The Interagency Transfers are from various self-generated programs within the Office of State Police (charitable gaming, hazardous materials, etc.) The Self-Generated Revenues are mainly from fees and fines associated with the Office of Motor Vehicles.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$83,227

$1,190,886

11

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$83,227

$1,190,886

11

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$9,476

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$6,827

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$66,824

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($2,250)

($2,250)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

($72,816)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

 

 

 

 

 

$80,977

$1,198,947

11

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDATION

 

 

 

 

 

($2,250)

$8,061

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.6% of the existing operating budget. It represents 84.9% of the total request ($1,411,265) for this program. The reduced general fund is due to a decrease in the retirement rate.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$28,276

 

Production of transcripts for appeals

 

 

 

$28,276

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$3,800

 

Anticipated witness fees, filing fees, etc.

 

 

 

$3,800

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$520,283

 

Division of Administrative Law

 

 

 

$520,283

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.


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