End to fees in Okla. suits hits program budgets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some state programs are looking for
additional sources of funding now that court clerks in Oklahoma are
no longer collecting some fees that were formerly charged for
filing civil lawsuits.
As of April 21, court clerks stopped collecting the fees. The
action stemmed from a state Supreme Court ruling in January that
said the fees tacked on to court fees were illegal. The high court
said the court system wasn't a tax-collection agency for the
executive branch of government.
The programs affected include the Department of Human Services'
child abuse program, the attorney general's victim services unit
and a voluntary registry for adoptions.


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