IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2008-082 PI-CIR

 

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IN RE:  WARRANTS FOR PAY OR APPEAR

 

            The District Court of Appeal in Akridge v. Crow, 903 So.2d 346 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005) found that “pay or appear” programs to enforce collection of court ordered costs and fines was unconstitutional.  Warrants have been issued under a “pay or appear” program that previously existed in Pinellas County.  In order to cancel those warrants and provide for collection of the outstanding costs and fines

 

IT IS ORDERED:

            1.  The warrants listed in Attachment A are hereby recalled, cancelled, and are null and void.  The Sheriff of Pinellas County shall not execute any of these warrants and shall indicate in its electronic communication systems to the Sheriffs in the State of Florida that such warrants have been cancelled.

 

            2.  The Pinellas Clerk of the Circuit Court is hereby authorized to collect court costs and fines pursuant to section 28.246, Florida Statutes, from defendants listed in Attachment A. 

 

DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida this _____ day of December 2008.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

                                                                                    Robert J. Morris, Jr., Chief Judge

 

 

cc:        Pinellas Judges

            The Honorable Jim Coats, Pinellas County Sheriff

            The Honorable Bernie McCabe, State Attorney

            The Honorable Bob Dillinger, Public Defender

            The Honorable Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court,

            Carol Heath, Executive Director, Pinellas County Clerk’s Office

            Gay L. Inskeep, Trial Courts Administrator

            Pasco and Pinellas County Law Libraries