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Office of Court Compliance

The collection effort of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania was initiated after the FJD's assumption of the duties and functions of the previously independently elected Clerk of Quarter Sessions which was abolished by City Council in 2010. The Court established the Office of Court Compliance, to lead the charge in the collection of outstanding court mandated fees, fines, court costs and restitution. The collection of this money benefits the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and victims of crimes both directly, thought the collection of court ordered restitution, as well as indirectly through the collection of funds which are distributed to various governmental entities as provided by law. Upon assumption of the duties and functions of the Clerk of Quarter Sessions, the FJD has utilized the statewide Common Pleas Case Management System ("CPCMS") to inform defendants about their financial obligations, establish payment plans, record payments made, and to refer cases to private collection agencies upon default of payment plans and failure to attend payment plan conferences or otherwise respond to request for payment of their court ordered obligations.

The description below highlights the process followed by the First Judicial District.

Immediately after sentencing, FJD Compliance Officers meet with defendants in Room B-04 at the Justice Stout Center to establish an appropriate payment plan for the payment of fees, fines, court costs and restitution consistent with the sentencing judge's order. Compliance Officers also hold conferences in Room 378 City Hall when defendants seek reduction of their monthly payment due to a change in financial circumstances, and conduct delinquency conferences also in Room 378 City Hall when defendants fail to make their monthly installment payments. When appropriate, the monthly amount may be decreased if the defendant demonstrates (upon presenting the necessary information) reduced income or inability to pay the currently established installment amount.

Finally, the FJD refers cases to private collection agencies when defendants fail to pay their outstanding fees, fines, court costs and restitution, fail to appear for scheduled payment plan conferences, or fail to update their addresses with the court as required. Referral is always preceded by a notice requesting the defendant to contact the Office of Court Compliance to pay or make arrangements to pay their outstanding obligations. Upon referral to a collection agency, the collection defendant must pay a 25% collection fee, as allowed by law. Upon referral, the collection agency is responsible for collecting the outstanding fees, fines, costs and restitution and all payments must be made to the collection agency. The collection agency selected by the FJD is Credit Management Company, whose mailing address is: PO Box 16346, Pittsburgh, PA 15242-0346. Representatives may be reached by phone at 1-866-368-1563 and by email at tkohan@creditmanagementcompany.com.

The goals of the FJD collection effort are to foster respect for court orders, to insure that those defendants who have the financial ability to pay court imposed financial obligations do so, and to provide a forum to enable those who are unable to pay to seek reduction of their monthly installment payment or deferral of their payment obligation.

The links below provide more detailed information and forms related to the FJD collection effort.

Payments can be made by mail or in person as follows:

First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Office of Court Compliance
Room 370 City Hall
Philadelphia, Pa 19107

Checks and Money Orders, Payable to "First Judicial District of PA"). Do not mail cash

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
The Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert Street (Basement), Philadelphia, PA 19107

OR

Accounting Unit, 1401Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Cash, Credit/Debit Cards, Checks and Money Orders Payable to "First Judicial District of PA."

Payments in connection with cases that have been referred to a private collection agency can be made by contacting:

Credit Management Company
PO Box 16346
Pittsburgh, PA 15242-0346
Phone: 1-866-368-1563
E-mail: tkohan@creditmanagementcompany.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

On September 30, 2014 the Honorable John W. Herron issued Administrative Governing Board Order 01 of 2014 granting the request of the City of Philadelphia to forego further collection of bail judgments issued before March 3, 2010 and directed the Office of Judicial Records to remove bail judgments issued before March 3, 2010 from its indices. Therefore, the Bail Judgment Index which was formerly available on this site has been removed. The September 30, 2014 order requires the Office of Judicial Records to record and maintain all bail judgments issued on and after March 4, 2010 in the Banner case management system. The First Judicial District will continue to accept payments on account of bail judgments issued on and after March 4, 2010 only until such time as arrangements are made for the City of Philadelphia to undertake collection of bail judgments as required by the September 30, 2014 order. .Click here for a copy of the order.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure authorize the release of a defendant charged with a criminal offense on bail until the date of the trial. A Bail Bond must be signed and the person who signs it (the defendant or a third party including a relative) is known as the "Surety." The Bail Bond may require the Surety to post a percentage of the bail amount ordered (usually 10%). At times, although a Bail Amount is set, the defendant is permitted to sign his/her own bond ("SOB") or is released on his/her own recognizance ("ROR"). However, the Bail Bond requires the defendant to comply with certain conditions of release including appearing for every hearing scheduled in the case. The Bail Bond provides that if the defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court hearing, any bail posted may be forfeited and judgment for the full amount of the bail ordered can be entered as a judgment pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 536 (A)(2). Once bail is forfeited and/or a judgment is entered, the surety must pay the judgment balance, even if the charges against the defendant are ultimately withdrawn and even if the defendant is found not guilty of the offense(s) charged.

In order to vacate or reduce a bail judgment, a Motion to Vacate or Reduce Bail Judgment must be filed as provided by Pa.R.Crim.P. No. 536 and Philadelphia Criminal Rule * 536. Philadelphia Criminal Rule * 536 and Court of Common Pleas Administrative Order No. 01 of 2012 provide that no bail order sue-out which is reduced to judgment may be reduced or vacated except by the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas or a by a hearing officer. Rule *536 contains general guidelines for reduction of the judgment on forfeited bail based and also authorizes partial or full vacation of the bail judgment for good cause shown.

Generally, the bail judgment on the forfeiture shall be reduced if the criminal defendant returned to jurisdiction of the court based on the following timeline:

0 to 60 days: 90% * 61 to 90 days: 70% * 91 to 120 days: 50%

121 to 180 days: 30% * Over 180 days: 0%

The bail judgment on the forfeiture will be routinely vacated if the Defendant/Petitioner submits proof that the defendant was incarcerated or was an inpatient at a hospital on the date the defendant failed to appear for the scheduled court hearing.

For good cause shown, the judgment may also be reduced or vacated. In determining whether the judgment ought to be otherwise reduced or vacated, the court will consider the willingness of the defendant's failure to appear, the cost, inconvenience and prejudice suffered by Philadelphia County, the Commonwealth or the trial court, and any explanation or mitigating factors proffered by the defendant/petitioner.

More specific information can be obtained from the Motion to Vacate or Reduce Bail Judgment and Instructions both of which are available above.

PAYMENTS FOR BAIL JUDGMENTS

Bail Judgment payments cannot be made through ePay (http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ePay/).

UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2014 payments on account of Bail Judgments entered on or after March 4, 2010 can be made by mail or in person as follows:

By Mail:
First Judicial District Accounting Department, P.O. Box 37711, Philadelphia, Pa 19101-5011
Checks and Money Orders, Payable to "First Judicial District of PA"). Do not mail cash

In Person:
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Accounting Unit, 1401Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Cash, Credit/Debit Card, Checks and Money Orders Payable to "First Judicial District of PA."

BEGINNING ON JANUARY 1, 2015, THE COLLECTION OF BAIL JUDGMENTS ISSUED ON AND AFTER MARCH 4, 2010 SHALL BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, AND ALL PAYMENTS ARE TO BE MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED.

For general Court information, contact (215) 686-7000.

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