OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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SB-31

AN ACT CONCERNING CONTINUED DELIVERY OF LEGAL SERVICES TO THE POOR.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Judicial Dept.

Judicial Data Processing Revolving Fund - Revenue Loss

1.7 million

None

Judicial Dept.

Judicial Data Processing Revolving Fund - Revenue Gain

None

0.3 million

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a revenue loss of $1,668,830 in FY 15 to the Judicial Data Processing Revolving Fund (the “Fund”) by decreasing the portion of certain court fees deposited into the Fund from 30% to 5%.

The bill also results in a revenue gain of approximately $300,000 beginning in FY 16 to the Fund by continuing increases in certain court fees that were scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2015.

Background

Impact to Connecticut Bar Foundation IOLTA account

The bill increases the transfer to the Connecticut Bar Foundation Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) for legal services for the poor by $1,668,830 in FY 15. The bill also results in a revenue gain of approximately $6.3 million beginning in FY 16 to the IOLTA by continuing increases in certain court fees that were scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2015.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject court fee collections.