The SPD’s total budget is $89.44 million in the current year (Fiscal Year 2019):
Over 98% is funded by General Purpose Revenues (i.e., revenue from income and sales taxes); the balance is Program Revenue from client collections and training programs.
Over 92% is spent for personnel and private bar payments.
In FY19, the SPD is authorized 614.85 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, located in 40 offices throughout the state (37 trial, 2 appellate and a central administration office):
374.20 FTE attorneys and attorney managers,
231.65 FTE administrative and support staff (broken down below)
48.15 FTE Public Defender Investigators
19.80 FTE Client Services Specialists
94.95 FTE Legal Secretaries
15.65 FTE Legal Associates
9.0 FTE Regional Office Administrators
7.0 FTE Office Operations Associates
46.1 FTE Administration Office and Executive Team
Case Openings (Prior Full Fiscal Year)
In FY18, the SPD appointed counsel in 140,520 cases, including 3,135 appellate level cases. Overflow and conflict cases are assigned to the private bar.
In FY 18:
Approx. 60% were assigned to staff attorneys.
Approx. 37% were assigned to private bar attorneys on rotational basis, at a statutory hourly rate of $40 for work in or out of court and $25 for travel.
Approx. 3% (misdemeanors and mental health commitments only) were assigned to private bar contractors on a fixed-fee basis.
Historical Case Openings: