2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2b - Court Organization And Civil Code
Section 2B:24-17 - Application Fee, Waiver; Deposit In Dedicated Fund
2B:24-17 Application fee, waiver; deposit in dedicated fund
17. a. A municipality may require by ordinance a person applying for representation by a municipal public defender or court approved counsel to pay an application fee of not more than $200.00, but only in an amount necessary to pay the costs of municipal public defender services. In accordance with guidelines promulgated by the Supreme Court, the municipal court may waive any required application fee, in whole or in part, only if the court determines, in its discretion, upon a clear and convincing showing by the applicant that the application fee represents an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation. The municipal court may permit a person to pay the application fee over a specific period of time not to exceed four months.
b. Funds collected pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall be deposited in a dedicated fund administered by the chief financial officer of the municipality or in the case of a joint municipal court in a manner agreed to by the constituent municipalities. Such funds shall be used exclusively to meet the costs incurred in providing the services of a municipal public defender including, when required, expert and lay investigation and testimony.
c. Beginning in 1999, if it is determined by the Division of Local Government Services during its annual review of a municipal budget that the amount of money in a dedicated fund established pursuant to this section exceeds by more than 25% the amount which the municipality expended during the prior year providing the services of a municipal public defender, the amount in excess of the amount expended shall be forwarded to the Criminal Disposition and Review Collection Fund administered by Victims of Crime Compensation Board.
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