If there is a fine involved with an infraction or criminal case, 100 percent of that goes to the state, according to the judge. If the fine is for an ordinance violation, 100 percent stays with the local jurisdiction.
The Batesville court gathered up $39,366 in fees and fines in 2012 that went to three sources – state, country and local. The state received $24,339, while the counties earned $4,421. Local funding added up to $10,606, half of which came from court costs.
As mandated by state code, that $10,606 went into various funds within the city treasury, such as general, local law enforcement continuing education, court clerk and judicial salaries.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
First in a two-part series • Part 2: Judge John Kellerman explains the court process, Feb. 11 • The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report can be read in its entirety at www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/3118.htm.