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A. There is created in the state treasury the “magistrate court warrant enforcement fund” to be administered by the administrative office of the courts.
B. Upon issuance of a bench warrant, a magistrate court shall assess a fee of one hundred dollars ($100) against the individual whose arrest is commanded by the bench warrant. Money collected pursuant to the fee assessment authorized by this subsection shall be deposited in the magistrate court warrant enforcement fund.
C. All balances in the magistrate court warrant enforcement fund are appropriated to the administrative office of the courts for the primary purpose of employing personnel and purchasing equipment and services to aid in the collection of fines, fees or costs owed to the magistrate courts. After satisfaction of the primary purpose, any money remaining in the fund may, to the extent deemed necessary by the director of the administrative office of the courts, be used for the secondary purpose of partially reimbursing law enforcement agencies for the expense of serving bench warrants issued by the magistrate courts, pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement entered into between the law enforcement agency and the administrative office of the courts.
D. Payments from the magistrate court warrant enforcement fund shall be made upon warrants drawn by the secretary of finance and administration pursuant to vouchers issued and signed by the director of the administrative office of the courts.
E. Any balance remaining in the magistrate court warrant enforcement fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the state general fund.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Mexico Statutes Chapter 35. Magistrate and Municipal Courts § 35-6-5. Magistrate court warrant enforcement fund; fee; administration; use of money in fund - last updated May 06, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nm/chapter-35-magistrate-and-municipal-courts/nm-st-sect-35-6-5/
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