Where Do "Court Cost" Fees Go?
When you pay for civil or criminal cases in court, you'll notice a fee called "court cost." It's money used to pay for Alabama's justice system. But where all this court money is going could be the cause of delays in setting your court date.
"The court system is in a budget crisis," Said Montgomery County Circuit Clerk, Tiffany McCord.
You'd imagine all of those fees are going into the court system. But Mccord says last month, about $133,000 was collected in the criminal division. Of that, less than 10 percent went directly to the court system. That's not including the other four divisions the clerk's office forsees.
So what does this mean for you? The insufficient funding may cause delays for your court date.
He said it was because all the money was not going to the courts and it is still leaving the court system without sufficient funds.
McCord told us she hopes something is done to bring more adequate funding to the court system. The current employees haven't even had a raise since 2008. She said she's fearful to lose more employees.
Montgomery County's courts do not have a budget because they are part of state government and are under the administrative office of courts' budget, which covers every county.