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User Fees for the Courts - An Old Approach to a New Problem

NCJ Number
Justice System Journal Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Dated: (Spring 1982) Pages: 34-43
D Bresnick
Date Published
10 pages
Courts in America by and large provide their services at nominal cost to users, reflecting the underlying premise that courts are a public service that the public as a whole should fund.
This traditional view may merit re-examination at a time when the funds required for court operations are increasing while those available are growing more scarce. This inquiry questions the underlying assumptions of the current system and suggests types of user fees that might be imposed at least on some court users. (Author abstract)