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California Code, Government Code - GOV § 71386

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(a) Each superior court shall adopt a written policy, consistent with rules adopted by, or trial court financial policies and procedures authorized by, the Judicial Council under subdivision (a) of Section 77206, governing the acceptance of checks and money orders in payment of any fees, fines, or bail deposits.The policy shall permit clerks to accept checks and money orders under conditions that tend to assure their validity.

(b) A court shall accept a personal check, bank cashier's check, or money order for payment of any fee or fine, or for a deposit of bail for any offense that is not declared to be a felony, provided the check or money order meets the criteria established in subdivision (a). However, no court shall be required to accept a check in excess of three hundred dollars ($300) from a defendant in custody as a deposit of bail for any alleged violation of the Penal Code.

(c) The acceptance of a check pursuant to this section constitutes payment of the obligation owed to the payee public agency to the extent of the amount of the check as of the date of acceptance.

(d) If any check offered in payment pursuant to this section is returned to the payee without payment, a reasonable charge for the returned check not to exceed the actual costs incurred may be imposed to recover the processing and collection costs. This charge may be added to, and become part of, any underlying obligation other than an obligation that constitutes a lien on real property, or a different method of payment for that payment and future payments by that person may be prescribed.If the costs are incurred by the county, the charges imposed for a returned check shall be retained by the treasurer of the county and be deposited in the county general fund.If the costs are incurred by the court, the charges imposed for a returned check shall be distributed to the court under Section 68085.1.

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