SB1407 93rd General Assembly


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 1        AN ACT in relation to courts.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  Clerks  of  Courts  Act  is amended by
 5    changing Section 27.3b as follows:

 6        (705 ILCS 105/27.3b) (from Ch. 25, par. 27.3b)
 7        Sec. 27.3b.  The clerk of court  may  accept  payment  of
 8    fines,  penalties,  or  costs  by  credit  card or debit card
 9    approved by the clerk from an offender who has been convicted
10    of or placed on court  supervision  for  a  traffic  offense,
11    petty  offense,  ordinance offense, or misdemeanor or who has
12    been convicted of a felony offense. The clerk of the  circuit
13    court  may  accept credit card payments over the Internet for
14    fines,  penalties,  or  costs  from  offenders  on  voluntary
15    electronic pleas of guilty in minor traffic and  conservation
16    offenses  to  satisfy  the  requirement  of  written pleas of
17    guilty as provided in Illinois Supreme Court Rule  529.   The
18    clerk  of the court may also accept payment of statutory fees
19    by a credit card or debit card.  The clerk of the  court  may
20    also  accept  the  credit  card  or  debit  card for the cash
21    deposit of bail bond fees up to $300.
22        The Clerk of the circuit court  is  authorized  to  enter
23    into  contracts  with  credit  card  or  debit card companies
24    approved by  the  clerk  and  to  pay  those  companies  fees
25    normally charged by those companies for allowing the clerk of
26    the circuit court to accept their credit cards or debit cards
27    in  payment  as  authorized  herein.  Where the offender pays
28    fines, penalties, or costs by credit card or debit  card,  or
29    anyone  paying  statutory  fees of the circuit court clerk or
30    the posting of cash bail, the clerk shall collect  a  service
31    fee of up to $5 or the amount charged to the clerk for use of
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 1    its  services  by  the credit card or debit card issuer. This
 2    service  fee  shall  be  in  addition  to  any  other  fines,
 3    penalties, or costs.
 4    (Source: P.A. 91-733, eff. 1-1-01.)