For budget year 2009-10, the CCCRC Fourth District saved taxpayers $4.
The CCCRC Fourth District is the only public legal agency in the state to receive the 2011 Davis Productivity Exemplary State Agency Award.
Despite all of the obstacles, George says the CCCRCs
are "fully functional," carrying out their statutory mandate, and handling over 100,000 cases, while saving an estimated $180 million that would have been paid to private attorneys in fees.
Currently pending is a challenge from several Florida counties, arguing that the provision of the CCCRC law requiring counties to provide office space and other support services is unconstitutional.
Similar statistics are available for the CCCRCs from the Third and Fourth DCAs, Flyte added.
But Rudenstine added that several counties have sued the five CCCRC
offices, claiming that the state illegally requires them to supply offices and other support supplies and services.
T]hough the types of criminal cases handled may be the same, the fact that the CCCRC
only step in when the public defender has a conflict is key to our determination that the CCCRC
are not in fact public defenders," Pariente wrote for the court.
were supposed to be fully up and running by January 1.
In addition, the court's order granting the writ enjoined the CCCRC
from performing all their duties, not just their criminal ones.
In the Third DCA region, CCCRC
Joseph George said he had hired 30 attorneys and 10 support staff and had accepted about 85 to 90 cases.
The legislature earlier this year, citing rising costs of hiring private counsel, created five CCCRC
offices, one in each district court of appeal jurisdiction.
The first was over a $50 fee the Legislature imposed on indigent parents represented by the CCCRCs
in dependency cases.