☰ Revisor of Missouri


Chapter 57

< > Effective - 01 Jul 1997, see footnote    bottom

  57.955.  Sources of fund — remittances — disbursements. — 1.  There shall be assessed and collected a surcharge of three dollars in all civil actions filed in the courts of this state and in all criminal cases including violation of any county ordinance or any violation of criminal or traffic laws of this state, including infractions, but no such surcharge shall be assessed when the costs are waived or are to be paid by the state, county or municipality or when a criminal proceeding or the defendant has been dismissed by the court.  For purposes of this section, the term "county ordinance" shall not include any ordinance of the city of St.  Louis.  The clerk responsible for collecting court costs in civil and criminal cases, shall collect and disburse such amounts as provided by sections 488.010 to 488.020*.  Such funds shall be payable to the sheriffs' retirement fund.  Moneys credited to the sheriffs' retirement fund shall be used only for the purposes provided for in sections 57.949 to 57.997 and for no other purpose.

  2.  The board may accept gifts, donations, grants and bequests from public or private sources to the sheriffs' retirement fund.


(L. 1983 H.B. 81 § 57.960, A.L. 1984 S.B. 704, A.L. 1996 S.B. 869)

Effective 7-01-97

*Words "section 514.015" appear in original rolls, which was changed to effectuate the court cost bill.

(2021) Section providing for surcharge of three dollars on court costs payable to sheriffs’ retirement fund was not reasonably related to expense of the administration of justice and thus violated constitutional provision requiring that justice be administered without sale, denial, or delay.  Fowler v. Missouri Sheriffs’ Retirement System, 623 S.W.3d 578 (Mo.banc).

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