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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • St. James council approves additional court cost fee

  • The St James City Council on Sept. 9 approved an ordinance amending the St. James city code to include an additional court fee of $3.
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  • The St James City Council on Sept. 9 approved an ordinance amending the St. James city code to include an additional court fee of $3.
    The fee is applied to the Missouri Sheriffs Retirement Fund, which is required by state law.
    Along with the $1 fee for the Judicial Education Fund added on Aug. 28, total court costs are now $26.50 in St. James.
    "We went ahead and added it because what we don't want to do is get a year down the road and have to pay it back," City Administrator Jeff Davis told the council prior to the vote.
    Although a lawsuit involving other municipalities (St. James is not included) has been filed in another county, St. James has moved forward with the fee.
    The breakdown of court costs is $12 for court clerk fees, $7.50 for crime victim compensation, $2 for law enforcement training, $1 for the Peace Officer Standard and Training, $3 for the Sheriff's Retirement Fund, and $1 for the Judicial Education Fund.
    According to a recent Associated Press story, local governments in Missouri have filed a lawsuit over the sheriff's fee.
    The fund, although created in 1983, was not required of municipalities until this summer, the report said.
    The AP report states that the "lawsuit asserts that applying the surcharge to municipal courts violates portions of the Missouri Constitution on access to courts and unfunded mandates."
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