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Clerks of Court Generally Are Meeting the System’s Collections Performance Standards, Report No. 07-21, March 2007
 
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  • 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.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Courts System  (Courts)
State Courts System - County Courts
Clerk of the Circuit Court

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-11A Clerk and Court State Funded Court-Related 2009-10 Fiscal Year Budget Information,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 10-11 Little Duplication in Court-Related Services; Clerk/Court Cooperation Should Be Improved,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 04-07 Information Brief:  Court Fine and Fee Collections Can Increase, published in January 2004.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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