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  477.600.  Judicial finance commission members, terms, vacancies, compensation — powers, duties, staff. — 1.  There is hereby created within the judicial department a "Judicial Finance Commission".  The commission shall be composed of seven members appointed by the supreme court.  At least one member of the commission shall be a member of a county governing body from a county of the third class, one member of the commission shall be a member of the county governing body of a county of the first class, and one member of the commission shall be a member of a county governing body from any class of county.  The supreme court shall designate one member to serve as chairman and one member as vice chairman.  The vice chairman shall preside in the absence of the chairman.

  2.  The members of the commission shall serve for terms of three years and until their successors are appointed and qualified; except that of the initial members appointed, three shall serve for terms of one year, two shall serve for terms of two years and two shall serve for terms of three years, as designated by the court.

  3.  If a vacancy occurs the court shall appoint a replacement.  The replacement shall serve the unexpired portion of the term and may be appointed to successive terms.

  4.  The commission shall promulgate rules of procedure which shall become effective upon approval by the supreme court.  The supreme court may adopt such other rules as it deems appropriate to govern the procedures of the commission.

  5.  The commission shall:

  (1)  Examine the budget request of the circuit court upon the petition by the county governing body as provided in section 50.640 or any budget or item in the budget estimated by the court including, but not limited to, compensation of deputy sheriffs and assistants, as set forth in section 57.250;

  (2)  Issue a written opinion addressed to the presiding circuit judge and the presiding officer of the county.  The opinion shall state the conclusions of the commission as to the reasonableness of the circuit court budget request.  The opinion of the commission shall state clearly the reasons for its decision.  Any member of the commission who disagrees with the commission's findings may file a minority report;

  (3)  Maintain accurate records of the cost and expenses of the judicial and law enforcement agencies for each county;

  (4)  Submit an annual report to the governor, general assembly, and supreme court on the finances of the judicial department.  The report shall examine both the revenues of the department and the expenses of the department.  The report shall include the information from all divisions of the circuit court of each county including the circuit, associate circuit, probate, juvenile and municipal divisions.  The information shall be reported separately except where the divisions are combined or consolidated.  In lieu of separate publication, the supreme court may direct the annual report described in this subdivision to be consolidated with any annual report prepared by the supreme court or the office of state courts administrator, provided that such report is distributed to the parties described in this subdivision.

  6.  In discharging its responsibilities, the commission may:

  (1)  Conduct public hearings, take testimony, summon witnesses, and subpoena records and documents;

  (2)  Conduct surveys and collect data from county governments and the circuit courts on the operations of the judicial and law enforcement agencies in each county.  The commission and its staff shall be granted access at any reasonable time to all books, records, and data the commission deems necessary for the administration of its duties;

  (3)  Within the limits of appropriations made for the purpose, appoint special committees, accept and expend grant funds, and employ consultants and others to assist the commission in its work.

  7.  Upon receipt of the written opinion of the commission or upon refusal of the commission to accept a petition for review, the circuit court or the county governing body may seek a review by the supreme court by filing a petition for review in the supreme court within thirty days of the receipt of the commission's opinion.  If a petition for review is not filed in the supreme court, then the recommendation of the commission shall take effect notwithstanding the provisions of section 50.600.  If the commission refused to review a petition and no petition is filed in the supreme court, the circuit court budget is approved as submitted to the county governing body.  The supreme court shall consider the petition for review de novo.

  8.  The commission shall meet as necessary at the call of the chairman or on written request of four members.  Four members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  Upon request of the chairman, the supreme court may appoint a temporary replacement for any commissioner who is unable to hear a case or who is disqualified from any case.  No member of the commission shall participate in any proceeding involving the county or circuit where the member resides.

  9.  Members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed out of funds appropriated for this purpose for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

  10.  The clerk of the supreme court shall provide suitable staff for the commission out of any funds appropriated for this purpose.  The commission may also employ court reporters as necessary to take testimony at hearings held pursuant to section 50.640.  The reporters shall be compensated at a rate established by the commission out of any funds appropriated for this purpose.

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(L. 1982 S.B. 497 § 2, A.L. 1995 H.B. 274 & 268 merged with S.B. 352, A.L. 1997 S.B. 248, A.L. 2003 H.B. 613 merged with S.B. 465, A.L. 2009 H.B. 237 & H.B. 238 & H.B. 482)


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