|incorporated into the JMS Cash Management Module.|
All money ordered to be paid to the court is recorded in the JMS system.
Money collected that is not case related (marriage fees, copy fees, etc.)
is receipted in on a miscellaneous receipt. Receipts are generated when
bond is both posted and returned. Garnishment receipts are generated
when money is both received and disbursed. Payment methods are
used to identify the various types of payments. A payment can also
reflect a non-cash transaction. These types of transactions can also
reduce receivables. Examples: jail in lieu, community service in lieu,
waived, and suspended. In the JMS system a receivable cannot be
reduced without the generation of a receipt.
This feature is available in the criminal/traffic and probation modules.
The fee summary allows the clerk to view the assessments, payments,
and balance due for a case. Assessments are displayed in the order
they are to be paid as determined by statute. The clerk can indicate
what percentage of a payment should be applied to each assessment.
The clerk can also link a victim to restitution ordered so that payments
can be processed correctly.
Because JMS uses the unique SID#, all cases for a defendant can be
linked. The financial viewing feature allows the clerk to view all
assessments against a defendant, amount paid, amount due, and any
arrearages. This feature is useful in the receipt entry where a cashier
can attempt to collect all money owed.
The daily cash report assists the cashiers with balancing out at the
end of the day. The report lists every case a receipt was generated
for, along with the breakdown of how the payment was applied. The
last page totals the amount collected by payment method (cash,
check, bond applied, jail in lieu, etc.). It also lists the number of each
type of transaction.
If a defendant has paid the court with an NSF check, the clerk will be
alerted to that fact on all future receipting for that defendant.
Both the JMS Payment Manager and Restitution Manager (described
below) were developed in conjunction with Chief Judge Craig Alston of
the 74th District Court in Bay County and his staff. The Payment
Manager makes managing a defendant's financial obligations easier
than ever. The court can now do the following:
|Create an individual, court, or master payment plan.|
|View a complete snapshot and status of all money owed to the |
|View a complete list of all clearance cards and respective |
|View all cash and 10% cash bonds owed to the court|
|While in payment entry, apply bonds held by the court |
|Specify time payments using up to three simultaneous payment |
|Manage groups of time payment files as though they were one |
|court file. |
|Automatically impose ‘failure to pay’ contempt of court sentences |
|on civil infractions.|
|Send an FCJ (failure to comply with judgment) warning or warrant, |
|for up to ten files, on a single notice or postcard - saving |
|Generate failure to pay warnings for a specific court or |
|Automatically enter failure to pay warrants, on civil infractions, into |
|LEIN using a bond formula.|
|For Michigan courts, import JIS Circuit and Probate court cases |
|for financial management and enforcement.|
Various reports are available for cash management. These include
outstanding receivables reports, aging receivables reports, and
collected receivables reports. Required reports are also produced (ex.
- crime victim assessment).
The restitution manager allows the court to manage joint and several
restitution claims. A joint and several restitution claim is one where two
or more persons are liable for restitution both individually and jointly.
The share amounts and payments are tracked by the system. A
defendant is allowed to pay more than their share, although the victim
cannot be overpaid. Once the victim is paid in full, the court can direct
payments from the underpaying defendant(s) to the overpaying
what interval. Once this information is entered, the system will each
time a defendant misses a payment. If the defendant fails to each time
a defendant misses a payment. If the defendant fails to respond to the
notice, a warning is issued stating the driver’s license will be
suspended (if applicable) or a warrant will be issued. No response to
the warning will result in the suspension of the driver’s license and/or
the issuance of a warrant. JMS courts that are using
license and/or the issuance of a warrant. JMS courts that are using
these notices have reported a significant increase in revenues, a
decrease in receivables, and believe they foster financial compliance
to judicial orders of judgment.