RS31326 / S1348
A review of outstanding unpaid fines in Idaho shows a need to address this growing problem.This bill requires
the court to review debts owed to the court by a defendant or juvenile offender every 90 days. It also requires
the person owing the fines to appear before the court to explain why payments are not made and to establish a
meaningful payment plan. Since fines and fees ordered by the court are often used in lieu of jail time, a review
of compliance of the court order is appropriate. In addition, these fines are often difficult to collect for counties,
whereas an assessment of these delinquencies could improve compliance with the court orders by ensuring the
review takes place in court. Fiscal Note Any additional cost to the court to review these fines should be limited.
Any additional cost to the court to review these fines should be limited. Additional costs will be offset by the
likelihood of the increased number of payments and fine compliance, thereby reducing demand on the general
fund to pay for court operations.
Senator Abby Lee
(208) 332-1000
DISCLAIMER: This statement of purpose and fiscal note are a mere attachment to this bill and prepared by a proponent
of the bill. It is neither intended as an expression of legislative intent nor intended for any use outside of the legislative
process, including judicial review (Joint Rule 18).
Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Note Bill SOP/FN INTRODUCED: 02/12/2024, 4:04 PM

Statutes affected:
Bill Text: 19-4708
Engrossment 1: 19-4708