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Should City Hall raise court costs for offenses other than traffic and parking tickets?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
59% 119
No
 
38% 77
Undecided
 
2% 5
Total 201

Comments

purplesage 7 years, 5 months ago

I vote no. I'm not sure whether the municipal court addressed in the poll uses the same tactics as the Douglas County courts, but this provides an opportunity to vent a bit. I recently helped someone, by means of a loan, to pay off a fine. Sure, he messed up and got fined. But I was amazed at the extortionist collection policies employed by the court.

Pay in 30 days, or there's a 33% increase in the amount owed. This applies to docket fees, fines, attorney's fees, anything assessed by the court. Take a payment plan, and there is a collection fee deducted from each payment (e.g. make a $100 payment; only $75 is deducted from the amount owed.

I stepped in to help because in 2 months' time, around $400 in additional fees had already accrued. This is outrageous - no, criminal.

If a citizen tried to charge rates like that on money owed, it would be considered criminal, loansharking. Where does one go to complain about a court system? Who oversees such activity as this? Something needs to be done. The hole gets so deep so quickly that some cannot pay their "debt to society". We will soon have a return to the idiotic concept of a debtor's prison - except the debt will be to the court. Can't pay because your wage is too low, gas is too high? We'll lock you up; that'll solve a lot!

Liberty 7 years, 5 months ago

Why should one have to pay more for the Judges' retirement fund?

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