2009 California Penal Code - Section 11500-11504 :: Title 1.5. Statewide Programs Of Education, Training, And Research For Local Public Prosecutors And Public Defenders

PENAL CODE
SECTION 11500-11504

11500.  The purpose of this title is to improve the administration
of criminal justice by providing funding for statewide programs of
education, training, and research for local public prosecutors and
public defenders.

11501.  (a) There is hereby established in the agency or agencies
designated by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820, a
program of financial assistance to provide for statewide programs of
education, training, and research for local public prosecutors and
public defenders. All funds made available to the agency or agencies
designated by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820 for
the purposes of this chapter shall be administered and distributed by
the executive director of the office.
   (b) The Executive Director of the agency or agencies designated by
the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820 is authorized to
allocate and award funds to public agencies or private nonprofit
organizations for purposes of establishing statewide programs of
education, training, and research for public prosecutors and public
defenders, which programs meet criteria established pursuant to
Section 11502.
   (c) Annually, the executive director shall submit a report to the
Legislature describing the operation and accomplishments of the
statewide programs authorized by this title.

11502.  (a) Criteria for selection of education, training, and
research programs for local public prosecutors and public defenders
shall be developed by the agency or agencies designated by the
Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820 in consultation with an
advisory group entitled the Prosecutors and Public Defenders
Education and Training Advisory Committee.
   (b) The Prosecutors and Public Defenders Education and Training
Advisory Committee shall be composed of six local public prosecutors
and six local public defender representatives, all of whom are
appointed by the executive director of the agency or agencies
designated by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820, who
shall provide staff services to the advisory committee. In appointing
the members of the committee, the executive director shall invite
the Attorney General, the State Public Defender, the Speaker of the
Assembly, and the Senate President pro Tempore to participate as ex
officio members of the committee.
   (c) The agency or agencies designated by the Director of Finance
pursuant to Section 13820, in consultation with the advisory
committee, shall develop specific guidelines including criteria for
selection of organizations to provide education, training, and
research services.
   (d) In determining the equitable allocation of funds between
prosecution and defense functions, the agency or agencies designated
by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820 and the advisory
committee shall give consideration to the amount of local government
expenditures on a statewide basis for the support of those
functions.
   (e) The administration of the overall program shall be performed
by the agency or agencies designated by the Director of Finance
pursuant to Section 13820. The agency or agencies so designated may,
out of any appropriation for this program, expend an amount not to
exceed 7.5 percent for any fiscal year for those purposes.
   (f) No funds appropriated pursuant to this title shall be used to
support a legislative advocate.
   (g) To the extent necessary to meet the requirements of the State
Bar of California relating to certification of training for legal
specialists, the executive director shall ensure that, where
appropriate, all programs funded under this title are open to all
members of the State Bar of California. The program guidelines
established pursuant to subdivision (c) shall provide for the
reimbursement of costs for all participants deemed eligible by the
agency or agencies designated by the Director of Finance pursuant to
Section 13820, in conjunction with the Legal Training Advisory
Committee, by means of course attendance.

11503.  There is hereby created in the State Treasury the Local
Public Prosecutors and Public Defenders Training Fund for the support
of the Prosecutors and Public Defenders Education and Training
Program, established pursuant to this title.

11504.  To the extent funds are appropriated from the Assessment
Fund to the Local Public Prosecutors and Public Defenders Training
Fund established pursuant to Section 11503, the agency or agencies
designated by the Director of Finance pursuant to Section 13820 shall
allocate financial resources for statewide programs of education,
training, and research for local public prosecutors and public
defenders.


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