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Justice Administrative Commission

Judicial and Registry Clerk Information


Welcome

The Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) is responsible for processing payments of attorney fees, court-approved costs, and associated expenses in relation to private court-appointed and indigent for costs cases throughout the state in accordance with ss. 27.5304, 29.007, and 27.52, F.S. Generally, JAC processes payment of fees and costs in cases where an indigent person is entitled to court-appointed counsel, and the offices of the public defender and/or criminal conflict and civil regional counsel have a conflict precluding representation; or the defendant has been found “indigent for costs” in accordance with s. 27.52(5), F.S. JAC is not responsible for processing the payment of fees and court-approved costs unless there is a statutory or constitutional right to appointed counsel under Florida law.

JAC has published a short reference guide for judges, law clerks, and judicial assistants regarding JAC’s role and the case types for which JAC is responsible for processing payments of attorney fees, court-approved costs, and related expenses. View JAC’s Reference Guide for Judges, Law Clerks, and Judicial Assistants, here.

JAC also has a limited role in providing access to due process costs for self-represented (pro se) defendants for those case types where the defendant would otherwise be entitled to court-appointed counsel (such as criminal cases). To assist self-represented defendants in obtaining due process costs, JAC offers a JAC Pro Se Packet. The Pro Se Packet contains general information for pro se defendants about obtaining state-funded due process services, model motions and orders, and sample invoice/voucher covers for JAC to process payments for due process costs. The Pro Se Packet (without circuit specific information) is available at https://www.justiceadmin.org/court_app_counsel/PDF_Pro Se Packet.pdf. To receive the Pro Se Packet with circuit specific information (such as a list of due process service vendors with JAC Contracts in a specific judicial circuit) please email publicrecords@justiceadmin.org.

Registry Clerk Information

In order for private attorneys to be eligible for appointment to a court-appointed case, they must be a member of the judicial circuit’s court-appointed attorney registry. Each circuit's court-appointed attorney registry is maintained by circuit court personnel (Registry Clerks). Contact information for each circuit’s Registry Clerk can be found at JAC’s Circuit Registry Contact List. Requests to update information on this list should be emailed to contracts@justiceadmin.org.

Each fiscal year (typically in May), JAC notifies the Registry Clerks to submit their circuit’s new court-appointed attorney registry for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins July 1st). Using the following forms, Registry Clerks can submit or update their circuit’s court-appointed attorney registry. Please use the following forms when submitting registry information to JAC.

Please email completed registry requests/information to contracts@justiceadmin.org. To view Court-Appointed Attorneys with Registry Contracts by Circuit, please click here

Circuit Court Registries

JAC Uniform Contracts for Fiscal Year 2022-23

  • Registry Contract (for payments related to Attorney Services provided to Indigent Defendants)
  • Capital Collateral Registry Contract (for payments related to Attorney Services provided to Capital Collateral Defendants)
  • Indigent for Costs Contract (for payments related to Due Process Services provided to persons who have been determined by the court as Indigent for Costs in Criminal and Civil Cases where there is a statutory or constitutional right to appointed counsel)
  • Type 1 Due Process Contract (for payments related to Due Process Services provided by Court Reporters, Interpreters, Videographers, Private Investigators, Mitigation Specialists, and Private Process Servers in cases involving Indigent Defendants)
  • Type 2 Due Process Contract (for payments related to Due Process Services provided by Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, and Experts in cases involving Indigent Defendants)

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