2nd Round of Increased Court Costs in North Carolina

A second round of increased court costs and fees will go into effect on August 1, 2011. 

As a result of the passage of HB 200, HB 642, and HB 22, court costs will increase for the second month in a row.  The increase will primarily affect court costs and fines associated with criminal and traffic violations.  Assuming that there are no changes in legislation in the mean time, a third round of court cost changes are scheduled to to go into effect in December of this year. 

A complete list of the changes effective August 1 can be found at http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/Trial/Costs/.

Recent Increase in Court Costs

The General Assembly has passed new legislation which became effective July 1, 2011, increasing court costs and fees.  The primary legislation which has affected the court costs is House Bill 200 (Appropriations Act of 2011), which has been further amended by House Bill 22 (2011 Budget Technical Corrections).  House Bill 22 was ratified on June 18, 2011.  HB 22 makes multiple changes to the court cost provisions of the Appropriations Act. 

HB 22 will not be the only cost changes in 2011.  In addition to the cost changes effective July 1, 2011, the Act contains several other cost provisions that are contingent upon the passage of other legislation and which will take effect later in the year.  There are multiple enacted bills that will further affect court costs.

These updated costs affect various things, including but not limited to, the cost of civil filing fees, and the costs and fines associated with traffic citations.  To view the updated cost charts for 2011, you can locate them on the Administrative Office of the Courts’ website at:   

http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/Trial/Costs