U. S. JUSTICE COURT

LEGAL BASIS: Reorganization Plan No. 1 of July 28, 1994, as amended, of the Judicial Branch, known as Judiciary Act of Puerto Rico. Article V of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of July 25, 1952. Law No. 11 of July 24, 1952, as amended, known as the Judiciary Act of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

MISSION: Develop and maintain an efficient and effective justice system that guarantees the impartiality and swift procedure of adjudication of cases. Furthermore, preserve and protect the constitutional rights and duties, executing effectively the power of the judicial examination.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE:

The General Court of Justice has the following components:

GEOGRAPHIC STRUCTURE:

The General Court of Justice has Judicial Centers in the following townships:

The District Court has 13 regional offices located within Judicial Centers. Each Region has Municipal Superior Courts and Districts Sub-Sections. The Judicial Regions are:

Judicial Center of Aguadilla

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Aibonito

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Arecibo

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Bayamón

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Caguas

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Carolina

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Guayama

District Sub-Section

Judicial Center of Guayama

District Sub-section

Judicial Center of Humacao

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Fajardo

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Mayagüez

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of Ponce

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

Judicial Center of San Juan

District Sub-section

Judicial Center of Utuado

District Sub-section

Municipal Courts

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

The General Court of Justice has the following program:

SUMMARY OF AVAILABLE AGENCY RESOURCES

CONSOLIDATED BUDGET

(In thousands of dollars)

Program

1997

1998

1999

2000

Operating Expenditures

Expended

Expended

Current

Approved

Administration of the Justice System a

154,317

155,502

161,996

176,996

Subtotal, Operating Expenditures

154,317

155,502

161,996

176,996

Total, Consolidated Budget

154,317

155,502

161,996

176,996

Revenues by Source

Operating Expenditures

Joint Resolution, General Budget

124,067

125,321

155,346

176,746

Appropriations

30,000

29,931

0

0

Other Revenues

0

0

6,400

0

Federal Funds

250

250

250

250

Subtotal, Operating Expenditures

154,317

155,502

161,996

176,996

Total, Revenues

154,317

155,502

161,996

176,996

Operating Budget by Concept

Payroll and Related Costs

109,765

109,765

126,229

141,229

Facilities and Public Services Payments

23,544

23,475

23,334

23,334

Subcontracted Services

17,478

18,757

9,396

9,396

Other Expenditures

3,530

3,505

3,037

3,037

Total, Operating Expenditures

154,317

155,502

161,996

176,996

Filled and Proposed Positions

Total Amount of Positions

4,387

4,660

4,660

4,811

Average Cost per Position

25

24

27

29

PROGRAM

PROGRAM: Administration of the Justice Systems

Description of the Program: The Judicial Power of Puerto Rico is Consolidated Judicial System with respect to jurisdiction, operation, and administration. This program has the duty of handling all cases, civil as well as criminal. The judicial power also determines the constitutionality of a law.

Purpose: Guarantee objectivity and expeditiousness in the procedure and adjudication of the cases. Preserve and protect the constitutional rights and obligations, executing effectively the power of the judicial examination.

Goal:

Clients: Every citizen, who comes to Court seeking judicial services, it may be for the processing of criminal or civil cases. The General Court of Justice collects the information on the statistics of the attended and pending cases; however, this does not include information on the attended or pending clients in the processing of cases.

AVAILABLE and Proposed PROGRAM RESOURCES

Human Resources

Positions Filled

12/92

3/94

9/94

9/95

9/96

9/97

9/98

9/99

Supreme Court Judges

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Superior Court Judges

111

111

114

134

218

151

174

174

District Court Judges

96

96

96

76

76

54

33

33

Municipal Judges

60

60

70

85

85

105

108

108

Appellate Court Judges

14

14

33

33

33

33

33

33

Legal Consultants

46

46

34

43

43

48

21

21

Judicial Officers

80

85

140

107

107

121

97

97

Secretaries

1,274

1,305

1,313

1,321

1,321

1,456

1,608

1,608

Marshals

662

675

678

717

717

802

835

835

Transcribers and related personnel

28

29

23

22

22

20

17

17

Social Workers

118

125

129

138

138

148

141

141

Family Relations Officers

31

31

29

31

31

27

25

25

Child Support Examiners

17

20

22

20

20

19

19

19

Administrative Personnel

1,390

1,449

1,598

1,569

1,569

1,669

1,693

1,693

Total Filled positions

3,934

4,053

4,286

4,303

4,387

4,660

4,811

4,811

Program Budget: - Refer to previous Consolidated Budget chart, it contains the same information.

Approved budget for 2000: The approved budget for the General Court of Justice is allocated as stipulated by Law No. 147 of June 8, 1980, as amended, which designates the Office of Management and Budget to present a budget for ordinary expenses equal to the one in effect. The Judicial Branch presents its budget proposal directly to the Legislative Assembly on or prior to November 30 of the previous year being requested for, with a copy to the Office of Management and Budget. The Judicial Branch did not submit to the Office of Management and Budget a copy of its budget proposal on the date pursuant to the Law.