Section 12-19-3

Phasing of state assumption of financial responsibility for Unified Judicial System.

The state assumption of financial responsibility for the Unified Judicial System shall be phased over three fiscal years as follows:

(1) The state shall be responsible for the following beginning in the 1975-76 fiscal year:

a. Salaries and expenses of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Civil Appeals;

b. Salaries and expenses of the Judicial Inquiry Commission, the Court of the Judiciary, the Judicial Compensation Commission, the Permanent Study Commission on Alabama's Judicial System and the Judicial Conference;

c. Salaries and expenses of circuit judges and supernumerary and retired justices and judges;

d. Salaries, including supernumerary salaries and expenses, of court reporters paid by the State of Alabama;

e. Salaries and expenses of the Administrative Office of Courts and the Department of Court Management;

f. State contributions to judicial retirement, unless otherwise provided by law; and

g. Salaries and expenses of public defender programs, to the extent currently funded by the state, instituted by local acts or by general acts of local application.

(2) The state shall be responsible for the following beginning in the 1976-77 fiscal year:

a. All items enumerated in subdivision (1) of this section; and

b. Fees and expenses, from January 16, 1977, forward, of jurors, jury commissions and witnesses, salaries and expenses of district judges and salaries of circuit clerks and registers, and clerical office supplies. All forms, stationery and other printed court supplies may be purchased through the county purchasing agent or in the same manner in which the county purchases such supplies if the county has no purchasing agent, and the cost thereof shall be reimbursed to the county by the state from funds appropriated for such use.

(3) The state shall be responsible for the following beginning in the 1977-78 fiscal year:

a. All items enumerated in subdivisions (1) and (2) above; and

b. Salaries of warrant-issuing magistrates and trial court administrators, expenses for operation of judicial offices and such other expenses and services for which provision is made within the unified judicial budget.

(Acts 1975, No. 1205, p. 2384, §16-103.)