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Ticket Amnesty Program Informational Sessions Scheduled Next Week for Local Partners

Program Could Help Cities Recover Portion of Unpaid Ticket Fines

September 10, 2015
The Judicial Council next week will hold two webinars in preparation for the Oct. 1 launch of the statewide traffic tickets/infractions amnesty program.
 
The webinars are for local partners, advocacy groups and other interested parties and will provide an overview of the program and available resources. Administering agencies and stakeholders will also have an opportunity to pose questions to subject matter experts.
 
Through the amnesty program, people with unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction outstanding tickets will be eligible to pay their fines at significantly reduced rates. Local agencies will recover proportional amounts from funds collected.
 
The most recent version of the FAQ and Program Guidelines are available online.
 
Webinar Details
 
Tuesday, Sept. 15
10:30 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3 p.m.
 
Thursday, Sept. 17
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 
To register for one of the informational sessions, please provide the following information to the Judicial Council’s Revenue & Collections Unit at amnesty@jud.ca.gov:
 
  • Name of participant(s)
  • Court/county/vendor/stakeholder name
  • Email address and phone number
 
Registrants will receive WebEx and conference line details prior to the sessions, as well as any relevant materials.
 
Questions regarding amnesty or the informational sessions can be submitted to collections@jud.ca.gov.
 
Additional Background
 
The new program, which is set to run Oct. 1, 2015-March 31, 2017, is expected to produce significantly higher revenues, upwards of $150 million, because of the longer timeframe as well as changes in the incentives offered.
 
The amnesty rate of 50 percent will be standard; however, low-income individuals on public assistance can be eligible to pay only 20 percent to eliminate their traffic and non-traffic infraction debt. Participants will also be able to close out their debt through either a lump sum payment or a series of payments. One additional incentive offered under the new guidelines, allows participants to get their driver’s license back upon entering the repayment program (as opposed to upon completion of the payments).
 
The Judicial Council has produced a video about the amnesty program. Additional information is available on the Judicial Council’s website.


 
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