North Carolina COSTS OF COURT

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COURT COSTS AND FEES CHART

The costs listed below are effective August 1, 2011, and apply to all costs assessed or collected on or after that date, unless otherwise noted, and unless subject to the "waiver exception" of G.S. 7A-304(g), as enacted by S.L. 2011-391, § 63.(b). Costs in other legislation taking effect after August 1, 2011, will be included in subsequent updates to this chart. Changes to costs and fees for 2011 are shaded and blue. Changes effective August 1, 2011, are prefaced by [Aug. 1]. Legislation enacting new or amended cost items is cited in brackets. Items citing only a bill section (e.g., "[§ 31.23.(a)]") refer to sections of S.L. 2011-145 (House Bill 200).

Court Costs and Fees Chart | Aug 2011 Page 1

An additional, summary chart of criminal costs has been attached to this cost chart as "Appendix - Criminal Costs Summary." The appendix summarizes the basic costs common to all dispositions in a particular trial division. It does

not include additional cost items that must be assessed depending on individual factors for each case (_e.g., _ FTA fees, supervision fees, jail fees, etc.), nor does it apply to offenses for which the relevant statute assesses specific costs or prohibits the imposition of costs.

CRIMINAL COURT COSTS

G.S. 7A-304, unless otherwise specified

AMOUNT

D

ISTRICT COURT (including criminal cases before magistrates) 1. ? General Court of Justice Fee.[§ 31.23.(a)]

General Fund

127.05

129.50

State Bar Legal Aid Account (LAA)

2.451

  1. ? Facilities Fee.

12.00

  1. ? Phone Systems Fee.

4.00

  1. ?

*[Aug. 1] * Misdemeanant Confinement Fund Fee. G.S. 7A-304(a)(2b).[§ 31.26.(b)]

18.00

2

  1. ? LEO Retirement/Insurance.

7.50

  1. ? LEO Training and Certification Fee.

2.00

TOTAL

173.00

Chapter 20 Fee. G.S. 7A-304(a)(4a) (for conviction of any Chapter 20 offense).

+10.003

DNA Fee. G.S. 7A-304(a)(9) (criminal offenses, only; does not apply to infractions).

+2.00

Plus $5.00 service fee for each arrest or service of criminal process, including citations and subpoenas.

+5.00

S

*UPERIOR COURT * 1. ? General Court of Justice Fee.[§ 31.23.(a)]

General Fund

152.05

154.50

State Bar Legal Aid Account (LAA)

2.451

  1. ? Facilities Fee.

30.00

  1. ? Phone Systems Fee.

4.00

  1. ? LEO Retirement/Insurance.

7.50

  1. ? LEO Training and Certification Fee.

2.00

TOTAL

198.00

4

Chapter 20 Fee. G.S. 7A-304(a)(4a) (for conviction of any Chapter 20 offense).

+10.003

DNA Fee. G.S. 7A-304(a)(9) (criminal offenses, only; does not apply to infractions).

+2.00

Plus $5.00 service fee for each arrest or service of criminal process, including citations and subpoenas.

+5.00

1

The portion of the General Court of Justice (GCJF) fee allocated to the State Bar’s Legal Aid Account (LAA) has been reduced for 2011. The $2.05 previously designated for the Bar’s Access to Civil Justice fund, G.S. 7A-474.4, has been reduced to $1.50. The $0.95 designated for the Bar’s Domestic Violence Victim Assistance fund, G.S. 7A-474.19, is unchanged. The Bar’s portion of the criminal GCJF is now a total of $2.45. The remainder of the GCJF is remitted to the General Fund. The NCAOC’s Financial Management System (FMS) will allocate these portions automatically when using the related code sets to assess costs.

2

The Misdemeanant Confinement Fund fee applies to crimes and infractions in the District Court only, including dispositions before a magistrate. It is not assessed cumulatively under G.S. 7A-304(b) for conviction after appeal to Superior Court and does not apply to offenses that have specified costs (e.g., front seat belt offenses, G.S. 20-135.2A(e)) or that are exempt from costs altogether (e.g., failure to burn headlights when windshield wipers are on, G.S. 20-129(a)(4)).

3 Like the Misdemeanant Confinement Fund fee, the Chapter 20 fee does not apply to offenses with specified costs or exempt from costs.

4 When a person convicted of a felony in Superior Court has made a first appearance in District Court, all Superior Court costs plus the District Court General Court of Justice fee shall be assessed. G.S. 7A-304(a)(4).

Additional Resources

DWI Defense in North Carolina

DWI Legal Updates & Commentary Blog in NORTH CAROLINA

NC ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF COURTS - COSTS SCHEDULE

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