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With the courts’ effectiveness in collecting various fines and costs that are assessed against civil litigants and criminal defendants are important for reasons of revenue, the enforcement of such obligations is even more essential to the integrity of the courts. The major collection challenges courts face involve fines and associated surcharges that courts impose at the time of judgment, often resulting in the scrutiny of court performance during election campaigns and budget decisions.
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.
The focus of this report is to assess the effectiveness of the Florida State Courts System in the collection of court-ordered financial obligations. Actual collection rate data is included.
The California's Enhanced Collections Unit report, which includes a performance target for the collection efforts of courts to be considered successful.
This work by the Conference of State Court Administrators is a comprehensive set of standards designed to help ensure that court fees are used to support court related functions and are not just an another form of taxation.
This page provides information on court collections of fines and fees, as well as relevant articles and websites.
This is a civil filing fee chart which provides basic comparative information on filing fees and was last updated April, 2012. The actual filing fees paid by litigants will likely be substantially higher as this chart does not include "add on" fees, for example service of process charges.
This is an appellate filing fee chart which provides basic comparative information on filing fees and was last updated April, 2012.
Measure 7 of CourTools is a framework for courts to monitor their performance handling collections activities so that they may improve their operations.
State courts are being called upon to improve their collection of fines and fees. Four states provide good examples of courts working in partnership with each other and the private sector to improve collections. Collections of Fines and Costs Module.
This is the definitive handbook on collections practices for state courts.
The British Courts Act 2003 made provision for people from whom their fines could not be recovered by any of the normal means to work off the outstanding financial penalty by undertaking unpaid work. This arrangement, called Fine Payment Work (FPW), was initially piloted in five court areas in 2004 (Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, and South Yorkshire), later extended to South Wales in 2007 and Cleveland in 2008. The aims of Fine Payment Work were to improve fine enforcement and the credibility of the use of the fine as a legitimate option.
This is a listing of vendors providing services for fines and fees collections.
As dollars for the court system become harder to come by from funding sources, every dollar must work as hard as it can for your operation. The Court Consulting Services can help your court increase information on which to base critical financial decisions and maximize court revenues.
Monetary sanctions are used as a type of alternative sentence to deal with overcrowding jails and overwhelming caseloads. This monograph discusses the role of sentencing in gaining compliance as well as eight collection techniques in Virginia.