Any law, whether special, local, or general to the contrary notwithstanding, in Houston County in addition to all other costs and charges in any criminal case or misdemeanor case, whose jurisdiction is in the district court, circuit court, or juvenile court, specifically including traffic violations, an additional fee of ten dollars ($10) shall be charged and collected by the clerk of any such court. The monies derived from the charges herein prescribed shall be remitted to the Houston County Juvenile Care and Services Fund of the county treasury. The monies derived from the charges herein, as deposited into the Houston County Juvenile Care and Services Fund, may only be used for purposes related to the expenses of maintenance and care of children in Houston County, Alabama, that may be incurred by order of the court in carrying out the provisions and intent of Title 12, Chapter 15, Juvenile Proceedings, as amended, and to the extent not otherwise prohibited by law, expenses of maintenance and care of children in Houston County, Alabama, to include, but not be limited to, additional personnel or preventive programs, necessary equipment for provisions of service to children and families in need, to finance any group home, detention facility, or shelter care facility. The county commission is hereby authorized to direct, in its sole discretion, expenditures of the funds to carry out the provisions and purposes of this act.
(Act 96-642, p. 1023, §1.)
Terms Used In Alabama Code 45-35-81
- circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.