(1) Upon receipt of notice of designation of an agency by the circuit clerk, there
shall be added to the filing fee in all civil actions filed in Circuit Court the sum
of twenty dollars ($20), and to all civil actions filed in District Court, the sum
of ten dollars ($10). No fee shall be charged for actions filed in neglect and dependency cases. This fee shall be designated as the Access to Justice Fee, and shall be charged
at the time of filing of the first papers in the action.
(2) All fees collected pursuant to subsection (1) of this section during each month
shall be placed in the general fund of the State Treasury, and appropriated in accordance
with subsection (3) of this section. The clerks shall make a full report with the payment and receive a receipt for all
(3) Fees collected shall be distributed monthly to the designated agencies on a pro
rata basis, utilizing an allocation formula that distributes funds for each judicial
district served, according to the proportion of the number of residents of that judicial
district whose incomes are less than the official United States federal poverty guidelines,
based on latest published United States census data, as a percentage of the total
number of these residents in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. These funds shall be used by the designated agency to carry out the duties prescribed
in KRS 27A.610.
(4) All unused or uncommitted funds received by a designated agency during its fiscal
year shall be returned by the designated agency to the State Treasury, to be redistributed
in the following calendar quarter to operating designated agencies in accordance with
administrative regulations promulgated by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (1) to (4) of this section, an
amount not to exceed two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) from the fee imposed
under subsection (1) of this section shall be appropriated to organizations that specialize
in providing legal representation and services to children.
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