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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To view Court-Appointed Attorneys with Registry Contracts by Circuit, please click here