National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices
The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) formed a National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices to address the ongoing impact that these legal financial obligations (LFOs) have on economically disadvantaged communities and to draft model statutes and court rules for setting, collecting, and waiving court-imposed payments.
What's Included in the Resource Center?
This Resource Center includes products created by the National Task Force and highlights other resources related to these issues. While the enforcement and collection of various court fines and costs is essential to the integrity of the courts in gaining compliance with court orders and ensuring that those orders are not violated, an increasing amount of attention is being focused on how fines, fees and bail practices disproportionately impact economically disadvantaged communities.
This National Network on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices has produced an At-a-Glance Checklist for Ability to Pay Determination Hearings to provide guidance on factors for consideration related to ability-to-pay.The National Task Force is pleased to offer its Principles on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices. Developed with input from a variety of stakeholders, the principles can be used as a basis for developing more fair, transparent, and efficient methods of judicial practice regarding bail practices and the imposition and collection of legal financial obligations. Read the resolution passed by the Conference of Chief Justices.
CCJ and COSCA Policy Papers and Resolutions
Over the past 15 years CCJ and COSCA have developed policy papers on a variety of important issues. Within the past five years, four papers relate to fines, fees, and bail practices. CCJ and COSCA have also passed resolutions in support of the National Task Force's work.
Technology tools are increasingly being used by courts to assist litigants, judges and court staff with the issues related to fines and fees and bail practices.
State Reports and Resources
An interactive map providing information on which states have been the subject of studies or reports, which states have pilot programs or initiatives in place, which states have developed ability-to-pay standards and/or other state-specific information related to fines, fees and bail practices.