Rapid California Court Rule Action Shows Momentum is Building on Fines and Fees Issue


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Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog

Here is the story.  On May 1, the Fresno Bee ran a story under the headline: ACLU: Traffic-ticket policy by Valley courts unconstitutional.  The core of the story follows:

A court policy of making Valley traffic offenders pay fees upfront in order to challenge a ticket in court is unconstitutional and unfairly impacts low-income residents, the associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said Friday.

In a move to give the public their right to due process, the ACLU has sent letters to Fresno and seven other counties, reminding them that a person’s right to appear in court — even traffic court — should not depend on their ability to pay a fee.

The Bee explained the back ground and significance as follows:

A recent report by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and other advocates found that California traffic courts have saddled millions…

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