Collection Improvement Program
The Office of Court Administration's (OCA) Collection Improvement Program (CIP) uses a set of principles and processes designed to assist cities and counties with collecting court costs, fees, and fines assessed against persons convicted of (or placed on deferred adjudication or deferred disposition for) misdemeanor or felony charges when they are not prepared to pay all court costs, fees, and fines, at the time of assessment and when time to pay is requested.
Amended Rules Effective January 1, 2017
On August 19, 2016, the Texas Judicial Council approved amendments to the rules that govern the implementation and operation of programs operated by counties and municipalities to improve the collection of court costs, fees, and fines (Title 1, Chapter 175, Texas Administrative Code). The primary goal of the amendments is to provide procedures that will help defendants comply with court ordered costs, fines and fees without imposing undue hardship on defendants and their dependents.
Court Services staff is available to assist with the design and implementation of a collection program and to provide ongoing training and technical support. Article 103.0033, Code of Criminal Procedure requires counties and cities with a population of 100,000 or more to implement a court collection improvement program based on OCA’s model.
The CIP Audit Department performs audits of mandatory collections programs implemented by jurisdictions under the authority granted in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP), Title 2, Chapter 103, Article 103.0033.