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CS/HB 397 — Court Fiscal Administration

by Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and Rep. Clemons and others (CS/SB 552 by Appropriations Committee and Senators Boyd, Ausley, and Wright)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)

The bill changes laws affecting the clerks of court by:

  • Modifying the standard terms of a payment plan for an individual who owes money to a clerk to establish a $25 minimum monthly payment and to limit the down payment to the lesser of 10 percent of the amount owed or $100.
  • Directing a clerk of court to ask the Legislature for increased funding related to increases in trial court judicial positions.
  • Allowing the clerks to review property records to verify an application for civil indigent status.
  • Allowing the clerks of court to ask for Legislative funding for filings related to mental health and substance abuse that the clerks must currently file at no charge.
  • Requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to coordinate with the clerks of court on a system for reinstatement of driver licenses upon payment of court-related obligations.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2022.

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 115-0