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In June 2012 the Judicial Council approved a revised Collections Reporting Template as a result of amendments to Penal Code section 1463.007 (cost recovery). In addition, the template was revised to capture more information pertaining to statewide collections.

Each superior court and county is jointly required to report to the Judicial Council the performance and best practices of the cooperative superior court and county collection program pursuant to Penal Code section 1463.010.

The Collections Reporting Template is an Excel spreadsheet and includes instructions, a glossary, contact and other information, program and performance worksheets.

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How to Report

The Collections Reporting Template is due to the Judicial Council on or before September 1, 2009 and annually thereafter. The Collections Reporting Template may be e-mailed to the Revenue and Collections Unit at, faxed to 818-558-3112, or mailed to the address below. The Financial Annual Report must be signed by the authorized court and county representative, and may be e-mailed to or mailed to the address below.

Revenue and Collections
2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 220
Burbank, CA, 91504
Fax: 818-558-3114

Cost Recovery

In June 2012, the Judicial Council approved revisions to the Guidelines and Standards for Cost Recovery to reflect the amendments to Penal Code section 1463.007, as enacted by Senate Bill 857 (Stats. 2010, ch 720).

Penal Code section 1463.007 provides the standards by which a court or county may recover the costs of operating a comprehensive collection program. Costs may be recovered from the collection of delinquent court-ordered fees, fines, forfeitures, penalties, and assessments before revenues are distributed to another government entity.

The Guidelines and Standards for Cost Recovery assists collection programs in the cost recovery process. The guidelines and standards, the glossary, and the distribution template can be downloaded here.

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Performance, Benchmarks and Best Practices

Performance Measures and Benchmarks

Penal Code section 1463.010 requires the Judicial Council to establish performance measures and benchmarks to review the effectiveness of cooperative superior court and county collection programs statewide. The approved Collections Performance Measures and Benchmarks can be downloaded below.

Performance Measures and Benchmarks

Best Practices

Legislation requires each court and county to report annually to the Judicial Council the extent to which it is following established best practices for its collection programs. The approved Collections Best Practices can be downloaded below.

Collections Best Practices

Discharge from Accountability

Government Code sections 25257-25259.95 authorize and establish the eligibility criteria for discharging court-ordered debt. A discharge from accountability may be completed by the responsible collecting entity for the following case types: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. For more information and assistance about discharging debt, you may contact the Revenue and Collections Unit at:

The following documents are unofficial, sample forms for your reference.

Enforcement of Civil Money Judgements

Delinquent debt imposed by a juvenile court may be referred to FTB-COD for collection
Under a recent amendment to Revenue and Taxation Code section 19280 (Sen. Bill 1210 (Stats. 2012, ch.762)), court and county collection programs may now forward to the Franchise Tax Board Court-Ordered Debt (FTB-COD) program for collection, fines, penalties, and other amounts imposed by a juvenile court. The court-ordered debt must be at least $100 and must be delinquent at least 90 days.

Criminal and Traffic Fines Enforceable as Money Judgments Information Sheet
Penal Code section 1214(d), was amended by Senate Bill 857 (Stats. 2010, ch. 720) to clarify that fines, fees, penalties, and assessments imposed in criminal and traffic cases are exempt from the 10-year limitations period applicable to enforcement of civil judgments.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Penal Code section 1463.010 generally addresses the collection of court-ordered debt. The collaboration between courts and counties is essential to the success of the collections effort statewide and requires a written agreement between the parties.

A written court and county collections MOU satisfies the requirement for a cooperative plan, as required by Penal Code section 1463.007, as it outlines the responsibilities of a court and county in implementing Judicial Council collections guidelines, and evidences the collaboration between the court and county.

We recommend that courts consult with the Judicial Council’s Legal Services Office before negotiating and/or executing a court and county collections MOU.

Legislative Reports

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2012-2013

Fiscal Year 2011-2012

Fiscal Year 2010-2011

Fiscal Year 2009-2010

Fiscal Year 2008-2009