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  488.2300.  Family services and justice fund established, where — purpose — surcharge, collection, payment — fundings for enhanced services, conditions — reimbursement for costs of salaries. — 1.  A "Family Services and Justice Fund" is hereby established in each county or circuit with a family court, for the purpose of aiding with the operation of the family court divisions and services provided by those divisions.  In circuits or counties having a family court, the circuit clerk shall charge and collect a surcharge of thirty dollars in all proceedings falling within the jurisdiction of the family court.  The surcharge shall not be charged when no court costs are otherwise required, shall not be charged against the petitioner for actions filed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 455, but may be charged to the respondent in such actions, shall not be charged to a government agency and shall not be charged in any proceeding when costs are waived or are to be paid by the state, county or municipality.

  2.  In juvenile proceedings under chapter 211, a judgment of up to thirty dollars may be assessed against the child, parent or custodian of the child, in addition to other amounts authorized by law, in informal adjustments made under the provisions of sections 211.081 and 211.083, and in an order of disposition or treatment under the provisions of section 211.181.  The judgment may be ordered paid to the clerk of the circuit where the assessment is imposed.

  3.  All sums collected pursuant to this section and section 487.140 shall be payable to the various county family services and justice funds.

  4.  Any moneys in the family services and justice fund not expended for salaries of commissioners, family court administrators and family court staff shall be used toward funding the enhanced services provided as a result of the establishment of a family court; however, it shall not replace or reduce the current and ongoing responsibilities of the counties to provide funding for the courts as required by law.  Moneys collected for the family services and justice fund shall be expended for the benefit of litigants and recipients of services in the family court, with priority given to services such as guardians ad litem, mediation, counseling, home studies, psychological evaluation and other forms of alternative dispute-resolution services.  Expenditures shall be made at the discretion of the presiding judge or family court administrative judge, as designated by the circuit and associate circuit judges en banc, for the implementation of the family court system as set forth in this section.  No moneys from the family services and justice fund may be used to pay for mediation in any cause of action in which domestic violence is alleged.

  5.  From the funds collected pursuant to this section and retained in the family services and justice fund, each circuit or county in which a family court commissioner in addition to those commissioners existing as juvenile court commissioners on August 28, 1993, have been appointed pursuant to sections 487.020 to 487.040 shall pay to and reimburse the state for the actual costs of that portion of the salaries of family court commissioners appointed pursuant to the provisions of sections 487.020 to 487.040.

  6.  No moneys deposited in the family services and justice fund may be expended for capital improvements.

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(L. 1993 H.B. 346 § 13, A.L. 1994 S.B. 595, A.L. 1995 S.B. 347, A.L. 1996 S.B. 869, A.L. 2000 S.B. 1002 Revision, A.L. 2003 H.B. 613, A.L. 2008 H.B. 1570)

Transferred 2000; formerly 487.170

CROSS REFERENCE:

Surcharge in certain counties may be paid into family service and justice fund (Greene County), 488.429


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