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Administrative Office of the Courts

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 412.5 113,709 75,210 188,919
2019-21 Maintenance Level 394.5 115,794 50,066 165,860
Difference from 2017-19 (18.0) 2,085 (25,144) (23,059)
% Change from 2017-19 (4.4%) 1.8% (33.4%) (12.2%)

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

Family & Juvenile Court Improvement 0.50 729 0 729
Trial Court Funding Language Access 1.3 2,160 0 2,160
Timely and Essential Court Training 1.0 911 0 911
Court System Online Training 1.4 496 0 496
Therapeutic Courts Best Practice 1.5 340 0 340
Guardianship Monitoring 6.5 1,399 0 1,399
Guardianship Services 2.0 1,718 0 1,718
Benchbooks 2.3 487 0 487
Web Services 1.0 277 0 277
CLJ - Case Management System 21.5 0 14,486 14,486
SC- Case Mgmt Sys - Ongoing Ops 6.0 0 1,440 1,440
Odyssey Business & Training Support 8.5 2,017 0 2,017
EDR Operations and Maintenance 7.5 1,881 0 1,881
Appellate Electronic Court Records 3.5 2,207 0 2,207
Internal Equipment Replacement 0.0 0 1,913 1,913
Extermal Equipment Replacement 0.0 0 1,646 1,646
Odyssey Development Hours 0.0 0 574 574
EDR Future Integrations 0.0 500 0 500
Thurston County Impact Fee 0.0 2,188 0 2,188
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 64.5 17,310 20,059 37,369

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

Orca Transit Pass - Outside CBAs 0.0 8 0 8
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 8 0 8

2019-21 Policy Transfers Changes

Orca Transit Pass Funding Transfer 0.0 (34) 0 (34)
2019-21 Policy Transfers Changes Total 0.0 (34) 0 (34)

2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure 0.0 1 0 1
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 1 0 1
Total Policy Changes 64.5 17,285 20,059 37,344
2019-21 Policy Level 459.0 133,079 70,125 203,204
Difference from 2017-19 46.5 19,370 (5,085) 14,285
% Change from 2017-19 11.3% 17.0% (6.8%) 7.6%

Policy Changes

Family & Juvenile Court Improvement

Funding provided is for the full reimbursement to current Family and Juvenile Court Improvement Program (FJCIP) courts, provide funding for one to three additional courts, an evaluation of the program, a five-year strategic plan for statewide implementation, and low-cost DNA testing for alleged fathers in dependency and termination of parental rights cases.

Trial Court Funding Language Access

Funding is provided to expand the state interpreter reimbursement program to help fund additional courts, increase funds to courts now receiving assistance, and provide additional testing and training for qualified interpreters.

Timely and Essential Court Training

This funding will expand training opportunities and provide financial support to judicial officers and court staff to attend training.

Court System Online Training

Funding is provided to develop a statewide online delivery system for training judicial officers and court staff.

Therapeutic Courts Best Practice

Funding is provided for a statewide therapeutic courts coordinator to work with courts throughout the state to stand up and operate these courts more effectively.

Guardianship Monitoring

Funding is provided for a regional program designed to monitor guardianships, ensuring that incapacitated persons are receiving the care and assistance needed and that the rights and freedoms of those in the care of guardians are protected.

Guardianship Services

Funding is provided to enable the Office of Public Guardianship (OPG) within the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to continue providing the public guardianship services necessary to ensure that low-income people with diminished capacity receive adequate, effective and meaningful access to services, programs, or activities of public entities, including but not limited to, courts and entitlement programs.


Funding is provided for staffing to revise outdated legal reference guides known as “bench books” or “bench guides” that are needed by judges.

Web Services

Funding is provided for additional web services staff support necessary to serve the increasing demand of multiple programs and exchanges.

CLJ - Case Management System

Funding is provided to continue the selection and implementation of the new commercial off-the-shelf case management system for the courts of limited jurisdiction (CLJ). This project will replace the outdated limited jurisdiction case management system known as DISCIS.

SC- Case Mgmt Sys - Ongoing Ops

Funding is provided to establish permanent funding for staff to perform maintenance, operations and support of the Superior Court Case Management System (SC-CMS).

Odyssey Business & Training Support

Funding is provided to retain staff to adequately support the Superior Courts and county clerks that have implemented the new Odyssey case management system.

EDR Operations and Maintenance

This funding will establish permanent staffing for the maintenance, operations, and support of the Information Networking Hub – Enterprise Data Repository (EDR) and other services and products developed and deployed under the Expedited Data Exchange Project.

Appellate Electronic Court Records

Funding is provided for implementation of Appellate Electronic Court Records.

Internal Equipment Replacement

Funding is provided to replace end-of-life equipment and to improve performance of heavily used JIS services.

Extermal Equipment Replacement

Funding is provided to replace aged computer equipment at the courts and county clerk offices.

Odyssey Development Hours

Funding is provided for additional development hours for Odyssey system corrections, modifications and/or enhancements to better support the Washington courts' business processes and improve productivity within the Superior Courts and County Clerk offices.

EDR Future Integrations

Funding is provided to integrate additional case management systems with the Information Networking Hub - Enterprise Data Repository (EDR).

Thurston County Impact Fee

Funding is provided to offset the additional costs associated with the disproportionate impact of civil filings in Thurston County resulting from mandatory and discretionary civil case filings.

Orca Transit Pass - Outside CBAs

This funds transit passes (ORCA cards) for state employees (outside of higher education) in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, other than those in certain collective bargaining agreements.

Orca Transit Pass Funding Transfer

This moves funding for employee transit passes from agencies to WSDOT, which administers the program. The transfer includes both funding added in 2019-21 for expanded access, as well as funding that was provided in the 2017-19 budget.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency’s estimated portion of increased fee for service charges from the Department of Enterprise Services to expand electric vehicle infrastructure for the state Motor Pool fleet.