Section 45-32-80.20Collection and disposition of funds.
(a) All solicitor’s and district attorney’s fees hereafter taxed as cost and collected in all criminal cases in all courts in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit shall be paid by the clerk of the court collecting such fees into a fund to be designated as the Solicitor’s and District Attorney’s Fund, and shall be kept, used, and expended in the manner hereinafter provided. Such payments shall be made to such fund by the clerk of the court by the 10th day of each month following the collection.
(b)(1) The District Attorney and any Circuit Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit may requisition expenditures from the Solicitor’s and District Attorney’s Fund for the payment of the following items:
a. Office supplies, equipment, furniture, postage and telephone expenses, and clerical or bailiff expenses.
b. Necessary expenses relative to obtaining evidence in any criminal or civil case, whether pending or under investigation.
c. Film, photographs, maps, recording, and dictating tapes.
d. Actual travel expenses incurred while on the business of the office.
e. Continuing legal, professional, or judicial education and conferences, including actual expenses incidental thereto.
f. Professional dues and assessments.
g. Professional books and periodicals and newspapers for use of offices of district attorney and circuit judge of the judicial circuit.
h. Witness fees and transportation costs.
i. Informer fees.
j. For any other law enforcement or crime preventive purpose.
k. Any other expenditure incurred in the proper discharge and conduct of the duties of the offices of the district attorney and circuit judge or of the circuit court.
(2) The presiding circuit judge is the only person who may approve vouchers for payment from the fund and only upon certification made to him or her that the funds requested were, or are, to be used for the purpose enumerated in this section.
(Act 79-783, p. 1411, §§1, 2; Act 2001-517, p. 921, §1.)