Criminal Justice Legislation

HB 247 – Court Cost Modification and Waiver (2011-2012)

Link to Bill:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_HB_247
Status:
Failed
Summary:

This bill authorizes the modification, suspension, and waiver of uncollectible court costs and clarifies the law on various other court-related matters.

Primary Sponsors:
Committee:
Judiciary and Ethics (H)
LSC Legislation Status:
http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou129.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0247?OpenDocument
Jurisdiction/Legislation Level:
State
Our take on this bill:

For low-income people, the fees and fines that are ordered by a judge in criminal cases are sometimes beyond their means to pay. HB 247 grants new flexibility to judges to modify or waive these costs, preventing further sanctions due to nonpayment.