Court Collections Components and Details – Year Two
Use of locator services.
Details for Component 6:
A litigant’s personal contact information (home phone number, cell phone number, home address, etc.) is verified every time a contact is made with the Court Collections Program Staff.
A litigant’s financial and employment information is verified every time a collections and/or probation contact is made with the Court Collections Program Staff.
The Court Collections Program Staff uses locator services to help maintain accurate contact information on delinquent litigants. While the Courts do not recommend, endorse, or certify any specific locator service, there are several that have been used. Some will be at a cost, and others will not. These services include:
Litigants are closely monitored for compliance and actions such as delinquency notices, costs to compel a delinquent litigant’s appearance, and wage assignments are taken promptly for noncompliant litigants.
Details for Component 7:
The Court Collections Program Staff has established a consistent time standard for initiating enforcement action when a litigant’s debt becomes past due. This time standard is not so lengthy as to diminish the effectiveness of enforcement.
If a litigant fails to respond to initial collections efforts, the Court sends an Order to Show Cause which requires the litigant to come into Court to explain why he/she has not paid the court-ordered assessment of costs. If the litigant fails to appear as ordered at this hearing, then a warrant for failure to appear is issued for the person’s arrest.
- Ensuring costs to compel the appearance of delinquent litigants are properly assessed pursuant to Statute.
- Preparing Orders to show cause.
- Preparing bench warrants.
Costs incurred to compel a litigant’s appearance at any necessary hearing are assessed to litigant’s Court costs as allowed by Statute.
Obtaining jail release dates from the Sheriff and making payment arrangements with litigants prior to his/her release from the RCSO.
Payment alternatives such as community service are available for those who do not have an ability to pay.
Details for Component 8:
Payment alternatives such as community service are not considered unless the litigant is in jeopardy of failing to comply with the Court order and the litigant has demonstrated that he/she has exercised due diligence in attempting to comply with the Court’s order..
Payment alternatives may not be used to satisfy certain required assessments such as restitution, crime victim’s rights assessment, minimum state cost, and the like.