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A new report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office is recommending a fundamental change in the way criminal fines and fees are collected in California.
  • Posted February 19, 2016

Where are your fees and fines going?


California’s Criminal Fine and Fee System. Upon conviction of a criminal offense (including traffic violations), individuals are typically required by the court to pay various fines and fees as part of their punishment. Collection programs—operated by both courts and counties—collect payments from individuals and then distribute them to numerous funds to support various state and local government programs and services. Distribution occurs in accordance to a very complex process dictated by state law.