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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 Committee in Indigent Cases                                    
REF: 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, the existing rates were established several years ago and it has been recommended that the rates of compensation for members of examining committees in indigent cases be reviewed;

NOW THEREFORE, I, TERENCE R. PERKINS , Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that members of examining committees appointed on or after July 1, 2016 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)), shall be entitled to compensation in accordance with the following:                       

Committee Member                                                      Rate of Compensation
Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or other Physician     Not to Exceed $300 per exam
Other Qualified Person                                       Not to Exceed $150 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 submit original invoices to the Court Administrator’s office in order to be compensated.  Said invoices must include the committee member’s name, mailing address, social security # or tax ID #, and signature and date in blue ink.  Said invoices must also 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 in the instant case must accompany the invoice. 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Administrative Order PB-2005-020-SC is hereby rescinded effective July 1, 2016.

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

DONE AND ORDERED in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 20th day of May 2016.

/s/ Terence R. Perkins
TERENCE R. PERKINS
CHIEF JUDGE