The National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices, comprised of stakeholders representing the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), recently released multiple resources for state courts.
The resources include:
Guide to the Work of the Task Force
Lawful Obligations Bench Card
Model Political Subdivision Court Registration Act and Form
Sample Model Uniform Citation
Sample Court Rule
The new bench card is intended to assist judges in real time with the lawful collection of legal financial obligations. At its February 2017 general business meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, CCJ adopted a resolution in support of the adoption of the Bench Card. The resolution “encourages inclusion of the Bench Card into the judicial education curricula created by each State for new judges and for experienced judges.”