Raleigh, N.C. — Defendants found responsible for violating the terms of their probation during a court hearing would have to pay $50 toward defraying the costs under a bill cleared Wednesday by the House Judiciary I Committee.
"It takes up valuable court time" to hear violation cases, said Rep. Allen McNeill, R-Randolph.
Criminals in formal court cases often must pay court costs when they are found guilty of a crime.
A probation hearing is not a criminal prosecution, and defendants don't contest their guilt or innocence but rather admit or deny the action. Courts can take steps ranging from a warning to the defendant to revoking his or her probation and putting him or her back in jail.
If passed, House Bill 615 would raise about $2.5 million per year for the court system, McNeill said. There were no objections to the measure, and it passed the committee on a voice vote. It will next be reviewed by the House Finance Committee.