IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2003-037 PA/PI-CIR
RE: DNA TESTING
Whereas, section 943.325, Florida Statutes, requires persons convicted of certain offenses to have DNA testing, and
Whereas, Chapter 2003-18, Laws of Florida, amended section 943.325, Florida Statutes, to ensure that all defendants are tested as required by law,
IT IS ORDERED:
1. The Sheriff of Pasco County and the Sheriff of Pinellas County shall arrange for DNA testing on those persons ordered by the court or required by law have a DNA test.
2. In order to ensure that defendants who are convicted of offenses which require DNA testing but who are to be released from custody have the test done prior to being released, the Sheriff shall maintain a supply of DNA test materials in the courthouse so that the test can be performed prior to or at the time of sentencing.
3. A defendant who is ordered by the court or required by law to have a DNA test may not be released from custody until the DNA testing has been performed.
Administrative Order PA-CIR 00-7 hereby is rescinded.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, this ______ day of July 2003.
David A. Demers, Chief Judge
cc: All Judges
The Honorable Bernie McCabe, State Attorney
The Honorable Robert H. Dillinger, Public Defender
The Honorable Bob White, Sheriff, Pasco County
The Honorable Everett Rice, Sheriff, Pinellas County
The Honorable Jed Pittman, Clerk of Court, Pasco County
The Honorable Karleen F. DeBlaker, Clerk of Court, Pinellas County
Betty Henderson, Assistant Court Services Director, Pasco County Clerk’s Office
Carol Heath, Director, Court Services Division, Pinellas County Clerk’s Office
J. William Lockhart, Courts Administrator
Kerry L. Rice, Deputy Courts Administrator, Pasco County