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PB-2021-020-SC

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR FLAGLER, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES

Re: Rates of Compensation for Examining Committees in Indigent Cases

Ref: PB-2021-020-SC (Rescinds PB-2016-020-SC)

WHEREAS, it has been determined that the issuance of an Administrative Order establishing rates of compensation for members of examining committees appointed in indigent cases pursuant to §§ 393.11(5) and 744.331(3), Florida Statutes, is necessary for the efficient and proper administration of justice in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, and

 WHEREAS, pursuant to §§ 393.11(5)(g) and 744.331(7), the Court is responsible for determining reasonable fees to be paid to members of examining committees, and

 WHEREAS, it has been recommended that the rates of compensation for members of examining committees in indigent cases be reviewed;

 NOW THEREFORE, I, JAMES R. CLAYTON, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that members of examining committees appointed on or after October 1, 2021 in indigent cases pursuant to §§ 393.11(5) and 744.331(3), Florida Statutes, or in cases where good faith petitions are dismissed (§ 744.331(7)), will be entitled to compensation in accordance with the following:

Committee Member Rate of Compensation
Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or other Physician Not to Exceed $350 per exam
Other Qualified Person Not to Exceed $200 per exam

 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in cases in which the Clerk of Court’s office has determined the ward or person to be examined to be indigent, or in cases in which a good faith petition is dismissed, the judge should issue a “compensation order” that includes the names of the committee members, the rate of compensation to which each member is entitled, that the Court is responsible for payment of said compensation, and that invoices should be sent to the Court Administrator’s office for payment.

 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in cases subject to this Order, examining committee members must enter into contracts with the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court and submit original invoices to the Court Administrator’s office in order to be compensated. Said invoices should include the court case number, the name of the person examined, the date of the examination, and the amount of compensation sought. A copy of the judge’s Order Appointing Examining Committee and corresponding compensation order in the instant case should accompany the invoice.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Administrative Order PB-2016-020-SC is hereby rescinded effective October 1, 2021.

TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

DONE AND ORDERED in DeLand, Volusia County, Florida this 14th day of September 2021.

/s/ James R. Clayton
James R. Clayton
Chief Judge

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