FY 2016 Appropriation

The Criminal Prosecution Program consists of six divisions of the Attorney General's Office: Justice, Markets & Financial Fraud, Investigations, Commercial Enforcement, Child and Family Support, and Criminal Appeals.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $19,162,400 from all sources for Criminal Prosecution. This is a 2.7 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $10,150,700 from the General/Education Funds, a reduction of 0.9 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:

DescriptionOngoingOne-Time Citizens Communication Portal ($200,000)$0
OngoingOne-TimeFinancing Source
($200,000)$0General Fund
The Citizens Communication Portal was designed and implemented as a public report of local instances of crime. An internet search returns more than 6 commercial sites on the first page of results that offer the same service. Many local law enforcement agencies, including the Salt Lake City Police Department, also provide this service. In the last fiscal year, $50,000 of the $200,000 appropriation was spent on the VINE program, which notifies victims when the person who committed a crime against them will be released from prison.

Average number of Child and Family Support cases handled per attorney

Workload in this Division is measured, in part, by how many cases on average are handled by the Child & Family Support attorneys as they enforce child support agreements.

Average Caseload Per Attorney

Number of appeals pending under the Criminal Appeals Division

Number of appeals pending is a workload measure which indicates the backlog that is created when there are more appeals than the attorneys can realistically handle.

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Number of briefs filed under the Criminal Appeals Division

The number of briefs filed is one indication of the results of the Criminal Appeals Division. Since different appeals require a different amount of effort, this is a somewhat inaccurate measure of the volume of results.

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Number of cases handled by the Commercial Enforcement Division

The Commercial Enforcement Division provides legal representation to the Department of Commerce in enforcement actions of its various Divisions. The number of cases closed is both a workload and performance measure of the success of these attorneys.

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Number of claims and judgments ordered by the State and its citizens

Claims and judgements ordered in behalf of the State and its citizens is an indication of the success of legal actions taken.

Claims and Judgements Ordered

The Justice Division conducts criminal prosecutions, particularly homicide and public corruption cases, prosecutes crimes when county attorneys disqualify, and assists county attorneys with major cases. In addition, it now includes the staff and carries out the functions previously in the Children's Justice Division. This includes prosecution of internet crimes against children and criminal prosecution of egregious cases of non-support.

The Markets and Financial Fraud Division is a new division created by moving various prosecution functions from the former Criminal Justice and Commercial Enforcement Divisions. This division now enforces antitrust laws and prosecutes white collar crimes, including financial crimes and money laundering, which previously were functions of the Commercial Enforcement Division. Medicaid Fraud efforts also were moved into this new division from the former Criminal Justice Division.

Investigations provides investigative services in support of all divisions of the Attorney General's Office. In addition, this division operates several law enforcement projects aimed at catching criminals involved in internet fraud, crimes against children, ID theft and mortgage fraud. The division also works extensively with local law enforcement agencies to coordinate statewide efforts.

Commercial Enforcement represents most of the divisions of the Department of Commerce, including the divisions of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Real Estate, Securities, Corporations, and Consumer Protection. The functions of antitrust law enforcement and prosecution of white collar crimes, including financial crimes and money laundering, have been moved to the new Markets and Financial Fraud Division.

Child and Family Support serves as legal counsel to the Office of Recovery Services (ORS). It directly helps children by assisting in establishing paternity, determining child support obligations, and enforcing child support orders.

Criminal Appeals handles all appeals arising from felony prosecutions and juvenile delinquency. It appeals adverse trial court rulings, and it responds to state post-conviction writs and federal habeas corpus petitions challenging state convictions, including death sentences.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 10

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided to the Attorney General in Item 22, Chapter 14, Laws of Utah 2014 not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015.

SB0002: Item 10

The Legislature intends that $1,000,000 appropriated in this item for "Legal Fees - Endangered Species" be used for multi-stage sage grouse litigation.

Special Funds

Attorney General Litigation Fund. A special revenue fund established in UCA 76-10-922 for costs and expenses incurred by the Attorney General in relation to actions under state or federal anti-trust, criminal laws, or civil proceedings under the Protection of Personal Information Act. At the close of any fiscal year, any balance in the fund in excess of $2,000,000 must be transferred to the General Fund.

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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.