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2021 Tennessee Code
Title 20 - Civil Procedure
Chapter 12 - Costs
§ 20-12-144. Collection of Fines or Costs in Default
Universal Citation: TN Code § 20-12-144 (2021)
- If any portion of the court costs or litigation taxes, or both, have not been paid within six (6) months after the adjudication of a civil case, the clerk of the court may retain an agent to collect or institute proceedings to collect the costs or taxes, or both.
- If an agent is used, the clerk of the court shall use the county's normal competitive bidding procedures to select and retain the agent. The clerk of the court shall award the bid with the approval of the judge of the affected court.
- The clerk may retain up to fifty percent (50%) of any portion of the court costs or litigation taxes, or both, which have not been paid within six (6) months after the adjudication of a civil case in accordance with any in-house collection procedure or, if an agent is used, for the collection agent, which may be allocated from each payment made on the amounts owing for such civil costs and taxes. The proceeds from any in-house collection shall be treated as other fees of the office.
- On or after January 1, 2015, if an agent is used, the agent's collection fee shall be added to the total amount owed. The agent's collection fee shall not exceed forty percent (40%) of any amounts actually collected, which may be allocated from each payment made on the amounts owing for such civil costs and taxes.
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