Bill Summary for S 131 (2011-2012)
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TO AUTHORIZE EXPANDED METHODS OF COLLECTING FINES, FEES, COSTS, AND RESTITUTION FROM OFFENDERS NOT SENTENCED TO SUPERVISED PROBATION OR ACTIVE TIME AND TO PERMIT THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE COLLECTION ASSISTANCE FEE IS COLLECTED TO RETAIN THE FEE, PROVIDING THE FEE IS COLLECTED BY A COLLECTIONS PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT.Intro. by Clodfelter.
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Amends GS 7A-321 to provide that the scope of the Judicial Department’s authority to collect fines, fees, and costs also includes restitution owed by offenders. Provides that the collection authority applies to offenders not sentenced to supervised probation or active time. Provides that the Judicial Department may in its attempt to collect the fines, fees, costs and restitution owed by offenders make referrals to credit counseling agencies and debt restructuring services. Permits a county in which a collection assistance fee is collected to retain the fee if the fee is collected by a collections program that is funded by the county government. Makes conforming changes.
Deletes the provision that prohibits the Judicial Department from charging any additional cost for the collection of fines owed by offenders not sentenced to supervised probation using the methods identified in subdivisions (b)(1) or (2) of GS 7A-321.
Effective July 1, 2011, and applies to cases adjudicated on or after that date.