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Clerks of Court Generally Are Meeting the System's Collections Performance Standards

Report 07-21, March 2007

Report Summary

  • Fines, fees, service charges, and court costs are important sources of revenue that help fund the state courts system. Judges are responsible for assessing and enforcing these obligations and court clerks are responsible for collecting them. In Fiscal Year 2005‑06, clerks of court remitted $93.7 million in court-related collections to the state after funding their own operations. These funds offset 23% of the $405.4 million cost of the state courts system for that year.
  • Statewide, collection rates are generally high and clerks generally meet or exceed performance standards, although civil traffic and juvenile delinquency collections pose difficulties.
  • The Clerks of Court Operations Corporation should consider modifying the collection standard for the juvenile delinquency division as collections are small, thereby allowing clerks to target their resources toward divisions where defendants are more likely to be able to pay.
  • In keeping with its technical assistance mandate, the corporation should identify best practices for using collection methods that maximize collections.

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