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File #: 16-195    Version: 1
Type: Budget Proposal Status: Discussion Agenda
File created: 9/26/2016 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 10/28/2016 Final action:
Title: Trial Court Budget: $10 Million State-Level Reserve Process (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20161028-16-195
Title
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Trial Court Budget: $10 Million State-Level Reserve Process (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
Government Code section 68502.5(c)(2)(B) requires the Judicial Council to establish a process for trial courts to apply for emergency funding from the newly established $10 million state-level reserve, which replaces the 2 percent state-level reserve. Government code section 68502.5(c)(2)(C) requires a report to the Legislature, pursuant to Section 9795, and to the Department of Finance no later than October 1 of each year detailing all requests and allocations made for the preceding year. The Judicial Branch Budget Committee recommends that the Judicial Council approve the updated process for requesting emergency funding.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Judicial Branch Budget Committee is unanimously recommending that the Judicial Council adopt the following recommendations effective immediately:
1. The process, criteria, and required information for requesting emergency funding as developed from the previous Judicial Council approved process for the 2 percent state-level reserve and incorporating updates as related to the new statute are as follows:
a. allow only trial courts that are projecting a current-year negative fund balance to apply for emergency funding;
b. define emergency funding as funding "for unavoidable shortfalls, unforeseen emergencies, or unanticipated expenses for existing programs;"
c. require that a request be for either a loan or one-time funding, but not for ongoing funding;
d. require the submission, review, and approval process to be:
i. all requests will be submitted to the council for consideration;
ii. requests will be submitted to the Administrative Director, Judicial Council by either the court's presiding judge or court executive officer;
iii. the Administrative Director, Judicial Council will forward the request to the Director of Budget Services, Judicial Council;
iv. Judicial Council Budget Services sta...

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