ENDING SOON!! Yuma County Courts Limited Fine Reduction Pilot Program
Deadline Approaches for Yuma County Courts Fine Reduction Pilot Program Participation Deadline is April 21
Se acerca la fecha límite para el programa piloto de reducción de multas de los tribunales del condado de Yuma - La fecha límite para participar en el programa es el 21 de abril
People with unpaid or balance-due traffic tickets from Yuma County’s seven municipal and justice courts have a one-time opportunity to clear their record through a fine reduction program. The courts are offering a 50 percent reduction on the amount owed on civil traffic cases that have been in collections for more than two years. The program will end April 21 and no extensions will be offered. This means that people eligible to participate should plan to visit court no later than mid-April.
In February, the Arizona Supreme Court and the Superior Court in Yuma County announced that Yuma County’s municipal and justice courts are conducting a one-time fine reduction program, which allows the courts to reduce certain qualified fines, penalties, and surcharges.
Since February 13th, over 300 people have benefitted from the program by having their balances reduced, and some have been able to get their driver license privilege reinstated.
To participate, eligible individuals must appear at the court during normal business hours to discuss their case with court staff. After the 50 percent reduction is applied, the participant must pay the newly reduced balance in full or enroll in a monthly payment plan. There is a minimum initial payment of $55, which can be paid with cash, money order, or credit card.
Individuals whose driver’s license has been suspended may be eligible for license reinstatement after clearing up their old ticket or committing to a payment plan. After court, the individual can visit the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) for more information.
Members of the public can view an alphabetical listing of eligible cases at www.yumacountyaz.gov/finereduction. The list includes each eligible participant’s name, the corresponding case number, and which court they need to visit to learn more about the reduction project. The court’s contact information is also available online.
This program is part of a series of reforms resulting from the Arizona Supreme Court’s Justice for All Task Force Report “Justice for All: Report and Recommendations of the Fair Justice for All: Court-Ordered Fines, Penalties, Fees and Pretrial Release Policies” released in September 2016.