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This page contains the various pieces of legislation that pertain to the fines and fees project

Senate Bill 369 (SB 369)
Passed during the 2018 legislative session, this bill requires the collection of pre-trial diversion fees and deduction of $5 for POAB. The clerk of court is required to collect and account for pre-trial diversion fees. For each pre-trial diversion fee, $5 is deducted for POAB. The clerk remits the pre-trial diversion fee and POAB deduction to the political subdivision with a POAB approved form which is available at https://poab.georgia.gov. The political subdivision remits the $5 deduction to POAB. This bill has an effective date of July 1, 2018.

Senate Bill 407 (SB 407)
Passed during the 2018 legislative session, this bill provides courts may waive the imposition of a fine upon determination a defendant has significant financial hardship. If waived under this paragraph, the court shall impose of a theoretical fine requiring the defendant pay statutory surcharges. This bill has an effective date of May 7, 2018.

House Bill 673 (HB 673)
Passed during the 2018 legislative session, this bill creates fines which do not incur surcharges and reserves O.C.G.A. §§ 40-6-241.1 (ban of cell phone use for certain persons) and 40-6-241.2 (no texting while driving). Deductions would apply. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2018.

Senate Bill 160 (SB 160)
Passed during the 2017 legislative session, this bill provides for the earmarking of monies to the Georgia State Indemnification Fund (GSIF) for all courts. This bill has an effective date of July 1, 2017.

Senate Bill 8 (SB 8)
Passed during the 2015 legislative session, this bill provides for the creation of a new Safe Harbor Fund surcharge for all courts.

House Bill 806 (HB 806)
Passed during the 2016 legislative session, this bill modifies O.C.G.A. § 15-21-179, Driver's Education Training Fund, extending the repeal date to June 30, 2019. This bill has an effective date of April 26, 2016.

House Bill 851 (HB 851)
Passed during the 2016 legislative session, this bill removes O.C.G.A. § 36-15-9, Law Library, from O.C.G.A. § 15-6-77(b) related to civil filings. This bill modified Law Library to no longer be included in civil filing fees for Superior Courts but to be an add-on for Superior Court civil filings. This bill has an effective date of April 26, 2016.

Senate Bill 367 (SB 367)
Passed during the 2016 legislative session, this bill modifies O.C.G.A. § 15-21-100, adding the violation of O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12 to incur the 50% DATE fund surcharge. This bill has an effective date of July 1, 2016.

House Bill 870 (HB 870)
Passed during the 2014 legislative session, this bill modifies O.C.G.A. § 15-21-151, adding the violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-390, reckless driving, to incur the 10% Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund, BSITF, surcharge. The bill has an effective date of January 1, 2015.

Senate Bill 231 (SB231)
Passed during the 2013 legislative session, this bill decreases the assessment of Driver's Education Training Fund, DETF, from 5% to 1.5%. This bill has an effective date of May 6, 2013.

Senate Bill 50 (SB50)
Passed during the 2012 legislative session, this bill changes the partial payment priority schedule for Superior Court. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2012. GSCCCA Board resolution adopted this priority schedule for State Court upon the bill’s effective date.

House Bill 351 (HB351)
Passed during the 2012 legislative session, this bill increases the assessment of Probate Judges Retirement fund for criminal cases. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2012.

House Bill 1176 (HB1176)
Passed during the 2012 legislative session, this bill modifies O.C.G.A. § 15-21-100, adding violations which incur the 50% DATE fund surcharge. The bill has an effective date of July 1, 2012.

House Bill 41 (HB41)
Passed during the 2011 legislative session, this bill changes fees related to Superior Court Clerks’ offices as well as exempts notary public applicants from paying the $125 Judicial Operations Fund Fee. The bill became effective upon the Governor’s signature on March 16, 2011.

House Bill 1055 (HB1055)
Passed during the 2010 legislative session, this bill provides for the creation of a new Judicial Operations Fund civil fee for Superior and State courts.

House Bill 487 (HB487)
Passed during the 2009 legislative session, this bill amends funding regarding Superior Court Clerks’ Retirement Fund.

House Bill 1245 (HB1245)
Passed during the 2008 legislative session, this bill amends several statutes related to court fines and fees and is effective July 1, 2008. The primary issues addressed in the bill effecting the processing of court fines and fees include: (1) processing interest income earned on trust accounts, (2) applicable surcharges at the time of posting bail or bond and the appropriate distribution on subsequent forfeiture, (3) the $50 indigent application fee applicable to Superior and Juvenile courts, and (4) the extension of the 5% surcharge on traffic violations, a/k/a Joshua’s law.


Senate Bill 244 (SB244)
Passed during the 2006 legislative session, SB 244 creates the Magistrates Retirement Fund and add the $3 civil fee for magistrate court.

Senate Bill 203 (SB203)
Enabling legislation for the Fines and Fees Project


Senate Bill 226 (SB226)
Passed during the 2005-2006 legislative session, this bill provides for the creation and funding of the Georgia Driver's Education Commission.

House Bill 1 EX (HB1EX)
Enabling legislation for the Fines and Fees Project.



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