CourtTRAX houses a wide array of information regarding the fines and fees assessments and disbursement. Implemented after the passage of House Bill 1EX, CourtTRAX is a resource which includes daily reports, legal advice, an online calculator and much more.
December 14, 2018 Letter:
Letter from the AGs office pertaining to the assessment of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) fund monies on notary public commissions. Consistent interpretation has been that additional civil fees apply to the commission of notary public because they are civil actions. Per O.C.G.A. § 15-23-7, ADR applies to civil actions which includes issuance of a notary public commission.
July 5, 2018 Letter:
Letter from the AGs office pertaining to the collection of Law Library Fund monies. Based on O.C.G.A. § 36-15-9(b), the law library fee is assessed on each case docketed in front of the court. This includes all civil, criminal and quasi-criminal cases. The fee is assessed only once for each docketed case and not assessed per count.
Senate Bill 369 (SB 369)
Passed during the 2018 legislative session, this bill requires the collection of pre-trial diversion fees and deduction of $5 for POAB. The clerk of court is required to collect and account for pre-trial diversion fees. For each pre-trial diversion fee, $5 is deducted for POAB. The clerk remits the pre-trial diversion fee and POAB deduction to the political subdivision with a POAB approved form which is available at https://poab.georgia.gov. The political subdivision remits the $5 deduction to POAB. This bill has an effective date of July 1, 2018.
Senate Bill 407 (SB 407)
Passed during the 2018 legislative session, this bill provides courts may waive the imposition of a fine upon determination a defendant has significant financial hardship. If waived under this paragraph, the court shall impose of a theoretical fine requiring the defendant pay statutory surcharges. This bill has an effective date of May 7, 2018.
House Bill 673 (HB 673)
Passed during the 2018 legislative session, this bill creates fines which do not incur surcharges and reserves O.C.G.A. §§ 40-6-241.1 (ban of cell phone use for certain persons) and 40-6-241.2 (no texting while driving). Deductions would apply. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2018.
June 19, 2018 Letter:
Letter from the AGs office pertaining to the collection and remittance of POAB fund monies for pre-trial diversion fees. Effective July 1, 2018, pre-trial diversion fees must be remitted to the clerk of court, then to the respective political subdivision along with a POAB approved form. The political subdivision remits the portion of the fees designated for POAB to the secretary-treasurer of POAB on a monthly basis.
ONLINE FINES AND FEES TRAINING COURSE AVAILABLE!!!
The GSCCCA is now offering a free online Fines and Fees training course. Click the link above to access the training module.
Clerk & Sheriff Trust Accounts
For information on the Clerk and Sheriff trust accounts, select the link above. Included are FAQs, forms for remitting interest earned, ACH transfer information and much more.
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