Can the court collect administrative fees on an infraction case with a deferred finding?
Yes, you can include administrative costs in the accounts receivable on an infraction case that has a deferred finding. Effective June 8, 2000, RCW 46.63.070(5) provides for deferred findings in a traffic infraction case and collection of any costs appropriate for the administrative processing of the deferral.
Effective December 17, 2018, the Cost Fee Code DF Deferred Finding Administrative Fee is available for use on the Create Accounts Receivable (CAR) screen for costs assessed for administering a deferred finding. These funds are 100% local and are not subject to the Public Safety and Education Assessment (PSEA). No other cost fee codes are needed on the CAR screen when created the Deferred Finding Administrative Fee.
Prior to the effective date of the DF Cost Fee Code, the OC1 Other Costs Traffic Infraction was recommended for use along with the JTR - JIS Trauma Care Account Code.
As a reminder, be sure to note on the Case Docket (CDK) the costs are imposed for administrative fees. The Department of Licensing (DOL) requires this information to be documented otherwise the infraction can be considered committed and added to the defendant's driving record.
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