(a) In addition to any court costs and fees now or hereafter authorized in Lawrence
County, the Lawrence County Commission may impose by resolution of the commission
an additional fee in an amount not to exceed thirty-five dollars ($35) to be assessed
and taxed as costs on each civil case and on each criminal case, including traffic
cases, but excluding small claims cases, filed in the circuit court, district court,
or any municipal court in Lawrence County, as well as an additional fee not to exceed
five dollars ($5) for the service of a pleading or other document in connection with
any action or case. These fees shall not be waived by any court unless all other fees, assessments,
costs, fines, and charges associated with the case are waived.
(b) The additional fees when collected by the clerks or their collection officers
of the courts shall be paid into the General Fund of Lawrence County to be used by
the Lawrence County Commission for the planning, designing, construction, financing,
furnishing, equipping, and operation of a new county jail and as otherwise provided
in this section. Any funds in excess of the amounts needed to cover the debt service for the new
county jail may be used by the county commission for the planning, designing, construction,
financing, furnishing, equipping, maintenance, and operation of the Lawrence County
Courthouse, or renovations thereto, and any annex buildings to the Lawrence County
Courthouse, or renovations thereto. The Lawrence County Commission may set and adjust by resolution the fees within
the limits authorized by this section based on the needs associated with the new county
jail and the Lawrence County Courthouse, or renovations thereto, and any annex buildings
to the Lawrence County Courthouse, or renovations thereto.
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