IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2007-017 PA/PI-CIR
RE: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES EXAMINING COMMITTEES
GUARDIANSHIP EXAMINING COMMITTEES
Section 393.11, Florida Statutes
provides for the appointment of members of Developmental Disabilities Examining
Committees. Section 744.331, Florida
Statutes provides for the appointment of members of Guardianship Examining
Committees. The uniform compensation of
the professionals appointed to serve on both of those committees has been set in
Administrative Order No. PA/PI-CIR-02-69.
In order to obtain more physicians willing to serve on these committees
1. Except as otherwise provided herein, each member of a Developmental Disabilities Examining Committee or a Guardianship Examining Committee has agreed to and shall be compensated at the following rates for reports. These rates are per case and include the review of documents, testing or examination, writing report(s), telephonic testimony, and travel other than travel to a scheduled court hearing or deposition:
For service on a committee in: West Pasco County East Pasco
Psychiatrist or Psychologist $375 $425
All other members $175 $225
2. In the event a
3. Any committee member called to testify before a court or for a deposition may receive $60 per hour, not to exceed one (1) hour, for time spent waiting to testify or for preparation to testify prior to the court appearance or deposition. For travel to and from court or a deposition, such committee member may also receive $50 per hour for travel time, not to exceed two (2) hours. These fees are in addition to the member’s fee received under paragraphs 1 and 2.
4. Physicians will be compensated the appropriate fee specified in paragraph 1 for services provided in a Suggestion of Capacity proceeding. That fee includes the review of documents, testing or examination of the ward, writing report(s), telephonic testimony, and travel other than travel to a scheduled court hearing or deposition.
5. Appointments to cases shall be made on a rotation basis. Committee members may be required to attend training sessions as determined by the Chief Judge or his or her designee. Any person agreeing to provide services to the court pursuant to this order shall at all times meet any training or other requirements that may be established by law or court order. All members providing services on a Guardianship Examining Committee or Developmental Disabilities Examining Committee must be under contract to provide service to the Sixth Judicial Circuit.
6. Any person providing services on a Developmental Disabilities Examining Committee under § 393.11 Florida Statutes, or providing services on a Guardianship Examining Committee under § 744.331 Florida Statutes, as a professional that is licensed by the State of Florida, shall maintain his or her license in good standing with the State of Florida. Each person shall promptly notify the Chief Judge in writing of any formal complaint filed by any regulatory agency or professional association and of any non-confidential consent agreement entered into between the professional and any regulatory agency or professional association.
7. This Administrative Order is effective on April 1, 2007. The fees in this Administrative Order apply to all services provided by committee members on or after April 1, 2007, regardless of the date of appointment to a committee. On April 1, 2007, Administrative Order No. PA/PI-CIR-02-69 is hereby rescinded.
DONE AND ORDERED
in Chambers at
David A. Demers, Chief Judge
cc: All Judges
The Honorable Bernie McCabe, State Attorney
The Honorable Bob Dillinger, Public Defender
Honorable Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court,
Honorable Jed Pittman, Clerk of the Circuit Court,
Betty Henderson, Assistant Court Services Director, Pasco County Clerk’s Office
Carol Heath, Executive Director, Pinellas County Clerk’s Office
Gay L. Inskeep, Trial Courts Administrator