Compendium of Budget Information for the 2014 General Session
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The Utah Prosecution Council (UPC) conducts prosecution training sessions and seminars statewide, assists with legal research, and produces a monthly newsletter.
Although the Prosecution Council is independent of the Attorney General's Office and has a separate board of directors, it is housed with the A.G.'s Office for purposes of budgeting, accounting, and management efficiency.
Through a grant from the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ), UPC developed a case management system that is used by city and county prosecution offices. The program automates many prosecutorial functions, tracks cases and parties, and collects prosecution statistics.
Statutory Authority governing the Prosecution Council is found in UCA 67 Chapter 5a. The statutory charge of the council is to: "(a) provide training and continuing legal education for the State and local prosecutors; (b) provide assistance to local prosecutors; and (c) as funds are available provide reimbursement for unusual expenses relative to prosecution for violations of State Laws."
One primary function of the Utah Prosecution Counsel is to provide on-going training to prosecutors in all levels of government. The number of individuals trained tracks cumulative actual attendance at UPC's various training events.
One of the Utah Prosecution Counsel's main objectives the last few years has been to provide a uniform comprehensive system for recording and retrieving case information for prosecutors. This measure tracks the success of getting the system adopted by its intended users.
The Prosecution Council line item has only one program. The council is mostly funded from the Public Safety Support Account; see UCA 51-9-404(3)(b)(ii) and (4)(c). Revenues to this account are derived from a criminal fine surcharge collected by the courts; see UCA 51-9-401. Dedicated Credits come from conference registration fees and Statewide Association of Prosecutors dues.
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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.