CHAPTER 317

 

An Act concerning municipal court fines and supplementing Title 2B of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

C.2B:12-23.1  Penalties payable in installments; alternative penalties.

     1. a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, if a municipal court finds that a person does not have the ability to pay a penalty in full on the date of the hearing or has failed to pay a previously imposed penalty, the court may order the payment of the penalty in installments for a period of time determined by the court.  If a person defaults on any payment and a municipal court finds that the defendant does not have the ability to pay, the court may:

     (1)   reduce the penalty, suspend the penalty, or modify the installment plan;

     (2)   order that credit be given against the amount owed for each day of confinement, if the court finds that the person has served jail time for the default;

     (3)   revoke any unpaid portion of the penalty, if the court finds that the circumstances that warranted the imposition have changed or that it would be unjust to require payment;

     (4)   order the person to perform community service in lieu of payment of the penalty; or

(5) impose any other alternative permitted by law in lieu of payment of the penalty.

     b.    For the purposes of this section, “penalty” means any fine, statutorily-mandated assessment, surcharge or other financial penalty imposed by a municipal court, except restitution or a surcharge assessed pursuant to subsection f. of section 1 of P.L.2000, c.75 (C.39:4-97.2).

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

       Approved January 18, 2010.