2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2b - Court Organization And Civil Code
Section 2B:12-23.1 - Penalties Payable In Installments; Alternative Penalties.

NJ Rev Stat § 2B:12-23.1 (2016) What's This?

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 person to perform community service in lieu of the payment of a penalty; or, 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).

L.2009, c.317, s.1; amended 2013, c.255.


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