Court Fee Reform Process Makes Change for Cook County

State Representative Steve Andersson passed Senate Bill 544 in the House of Representatives today.

The bill makes a change to how court fees are processed for Cook County. Under this measure, the county would not be required to pay circuit court civil case fees in advance, which had otherwise been required. Instead, they would be allowed to pay within 30 days of the fee being incurred.

There are currently many different fees and schedules for civil cases and statutory assessments in criminal and traffic offenses. Rep. Andersson’s initial legislation on the matter, HB4594, unified these fees to into one comprehensive Act. SB544 makes a change within that legislation, to provide larger counties more time to pay fees, and also reduce such fees to improve the process. This bill was initiated by the City of Chicago, as the bill affects Cook County.

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