District Court judges make paying fines more convenient

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Things are getting more convenient at Craighead County District Court.

According to Judge Tommy Fowler, with qualified offenses, people can make their minimum fine payment and then sign up on a payment plan without coming to court.

"Normally, if someone couldn't pay in full, with certain tickets you could pay in full and not come to court, but if you couldn't pay in full, you would have to come into court at 1 p.m., sit through the docket until your name is called and you would have minimum payment today and then you would sign up on payment plans."

Now, qualified people could get out of their court appearance.

"They can come up on their lunch hour or on a day that's not their court date to get their business taken care of and get on track and it's a convenience for us because it cuts down on overcrowded dockets," Fowler said.

Fowler mentioned they recently got approval from Apple, which they now have a district court app on Apple devices.

"You can download the Craighead County District Court app on your iPhone or your iPad," he said. "We do not have authority yet with Android to be on that platform, but we are working on that."

On the app, people can find how much their fines are, court hours, make payments and there is also a link to legal aid available.

According to Fowler, Craighead County District Court is the only district court in the state that provides an app.

"We are just giving people other avenues to handle their business, such as being able to pay online without coming to court and being able to use the app," Fowler said. "Judge Boling and I couldn't have done this without the desire and dedication from our clerks."

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