Collections of Outstanding Balances for Fines, Fees and Restitution
The Graham County Superior Court and Clerk’s Office have been participants since 2006 in a statewide judicial collections program, called the F.A.R.E (Fines, Fees, and Restitution Enforcement) Program. The F.A.R.E. Program was established per Arizona Revised Statute §28-1601.
Criminal, juvenile and domestic cases found to have outstanding balances are placed through the court’s automated system into collections which is then administered by LDC Collection Systems, per statute: A.R.S. §12-116.03.
A sequence of four collection notices is sent out in thirty day intervals, allowing individuals the opportunity and time to respond to the court regarding their outstanding balances. Some of the possible consequences of not responding are as follows:
- Assessment of collections fees to the case balance
- TTEAP (Traffic Ticket Enforcement Assistance Program) vehicle registration hold (where applicable)
- Tax Intercept Program intercepting state income tax refunds
- Reporting of outstanding debt to Trans Union Credit Agency
For more information about collections, to set up a payment plan, or to resolve an outstanding balance please call the Graham County Clerk of the Court at: (928) 428-3100, and ask for the collections clerk.
Payments to the court
There are a variety of ways to make payments on case balances. Listed below are methods of payment on outstanding FARE Program fees and/or on new fees:
- F.A.R.E. Payment Website: www.azcourtpay.com, F.A.R.E. IVR Payment: 1-866-859-2527 (both of these methods are for F.A.R.E. cases only).
- Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted in the office or by phone at: 928-428-3100.
- Money Order/Cashier’s Check in office or by mail.
- Cash in office only.
- Personal checks not accepted.
In the event of the court receiving payments through the mail, receipts will only be mailed back to the sender if a self addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with the payment.
Criminal/Juvenile Court Fees Information
Restitution is first on the priority of payments schedule. All payments made to the court will be assessed to restitution if the party is currently behind in their payments. If payments are current, payments may also be assessed to other fines and fees.
Restitution is disbursed to victims within 10 business days of the original payment made to the court.