District of Columbia Courts COLLECTIONS PROGRAM
District of Columbia Courts • General jurisdiction for the District of Columbia • Reports directly to Congress but serves the citizens of the District of Columbia • District of Columbia (DC) Courts are comprised of three entities (Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and Court System) • Appropriations are received in five parts (Court of Appeals, Superior Court, Court System, Defender Services, and Capital Projects) • 1,200 FTE’s and 120+ Judges • Processes more than 150K cases each year • All fines and fees collected may not supplement appropriations and are directly assigned to the Crime Victims Fund • Governed by a committee of Judges and Executives
Challenges… • Multiple systems • Lack of established guidelines • Unaware of projected shortfall • Uncertainty about unified approach to collections • Centralized finance area • Lack of awareness of the impact that collections has on Crime Victims • Inadequate software • Insufficient banking services
Where did we begin? • Assured account balances • Management buy-in • Decentralized cashiering • Sound infrastructure • Staffing • Software/Computer Program • Enhanced Banking Services • Multiple Methods of Payment • Development of a coordinated communication plan to all stakeholders
Where are DC Courts Headed? • Implemented one Case Management System of record • Presentations to upper management to increase understanding • Revitalized the collections process court wide • Implemented new accounting software • Acquired innovative banking services • Additional methods of payment • Additional training of the court community • Enhanced internal controls • Reporting to all parties in the court community
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