Kent Co. courts settle 281 cases with fee amnesty program

Kent County
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KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) —  Two Kent County courts resolved nearly 300 cases in March after offering people with unpaid tickets and court fees to pay them off and avoid jail.

Last month, 62-B District Court in Kentwood and 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids Township canceled outstanding warrants for people who previously failed to pay court-ordered fines, fees, court costs or traffic and parking tickets that went into default or suspension.

As part of the program that concluded at the end of March, people set up payment plans to clear their debts to the court without being jailed and got related license suspensions lifted.

In total, the program resolved 281 cases and about $70,000 in fines were collected.

Specifically, the 63rd District Court collected $41,927 in payments on 179 cases. The 62-B District Court received about $28,075 in payments on 102 cases.

“When I see the people in the courtroom, they are wanting to take care of it, many of them. We hear about people who are deadbeats and not paying and don’t care, thumbing their nose at the system, but that’s rare, really. People want to take care of their responsibilities and they feel a big relief to get it off their back. I think the people that took advantage of the waiver program are really smart to do so,” 63rd District Court Chief Judge Sara Smolenski said.

People who have outstanding debts should contact 62-B District Court at 616.698.9310 or 63rd District Court at 616.632.7770.

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