Original Author: Ashburn, Melissa
Date of Material: 12/14/2006
Fines and court costs
Reviewed Date: 07/27/2021
MTAS was asked several questions about fees/costs sent to the State for violations tried in city court.
December 14, 2006
Re: Fees sent to state by city courts
You have asked me to list out the fees/funds which city courts send into the state. As we discussed, there are only a few such items, sent in under different circumstances. MTAS legal consultants have determined that funds for the Trust Fund administered by the Department of Health do not have to be collected by city court clerks. If your city wants to keep charging those fees and forwarding them onto the state, you may certainly do so, but in our opinion city court’s are not legally required to collect those amounts and send them into the state. I have sent with this letter a copy of the legal opinion of our Senior Legal Consultant Sid Hemsley on the issue of the Trust Fund.
Following is a brief list of those fees/funds which city courts send to the State:
$1 to Admin. Office of the Courts Send for any case in which you collect court costs, regardless of amount collected.
$13.75 litigation tax to Revenue Collect if the defendant pleads guilty, “submits to a fine,” or is found guilty by the court. Also applies if defendant fails to appear and is found guilty by default.
Fines for child restraint/seatbelt violations All such fines only go to the state, and cannot be kept by the city.
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you need anything further.
Melissa A. Ashburn