2002 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: McDonnell
Collection of Unpaid Fines and Court Costs (language only)

Item 285 #6h

Item 285 #6h

Taxation, Department of

Page 215, after line 51, insert:
"H.  The Tax Commissioner shall continue for one additional year the pilot program testing the collection of unpaid fines and court costs by a limited selection of Commonwealth's Attorneys, and any attorneys licensed to practice law in Virginia with whom the selected Commonwealth's Attorney has contracted for the collection of unpaid finds and court costs pursuant to § 19.2-349, Code of Virginia, to collect unpaid fines and court costs and in the same manner and means as provided to the Department of Taxation in § 58.1-1804, Code of Virginia, for the collection of these fines and court costs.  The remedies available under § 58.1-1804 shall be in addition to any civil judgement collection remedies available under the Code of Virginia or Virginia common law.  The State Compensation Board shall monitor the pilot program and upon the pilot program's expiration shall include, in its annual report to the General Assembly on the collection of court ordered fines and fees for Clerks of the Courts and Commonwealth's Attorneys, the amount of unpaid fines and costs collected by the pilot program."

(This amendment extends for one year the pilot program at the Department of Taxation that allows Commonwealth's Attorneys and private attorneys selected by them to collect unpaid fines and court costs in the same manner as collected by the Department of Taxation.)