- AWARD WON: 2018 Top 25
- AWARDEE: Court Compliance Program
- DESIGNEE: County of Palm Beach, FL
- JURISDICTION: County of Palm Beach, FL
Failure to pay relatively minor criminal and traffic fines and fees can cause a devastating cycle of consequences, ranging from new fees and surcharges to license suspension and jail time. In Florida, failure to pay fees accounted for 77 percent of license suspensions between 2012 and 2015. To improve payment rates, reduce suspensions, and allow drivers to move forward with their lives, Palm Beach County has instituted a Court Compliance Program.
The Court Compliance Program provides offenders with reasonable payment alternatives to satisfy court obligations that take into account offenders’ ability to pay and stage of involvement in the court system. The County Clerk Office provides in-person consultation prior to and after court hearings to educate offenders of the benefits and consequences of court compliance. Follow-up phone calls and reminders encourage compliance with court orders.