Fines & Fees

Senate Bill 891 of the 86th legislative session strikes Article 103.003 and 103.003 (b-1) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, commonly called the Collection Improvement Program. Accordingly, the Office of Court Administration will no longer implement the Collection Improvement Program, effective September 1st, 2019.

As part of the repeal of the Collection Improvement Program, the Texas Judicial Council voted to remove Texas Administrative Code, Title 1, Chapter 175, commonly called the CIP Rules, on June 28th, 2019. These rules will no longer be in effect on September 1st, 2019.

The Office of Court Administration will continue to provide support to counties and courts regarding the collection of legal financial obligations. Reporting is no longer mandatory into the Court Collection Reporting System, but the data programs and counties provide is valuable to local, state, and national stakeholders. As such we will continue to provide access to the reporting platform.

For questions regarding technical assistance, best practices, and collection system improvements, please contact Michael Smith at Michael.Smith@txcourts.gov.

For questions regarding the legal obligations and changes to fines and fees, please reach out to Margie Johnson at Margie.Johnson@txcourts.gov.

For questions related to audit processes please contact David Cueva at David.Cueva@txcourts.gov.