Support and Legislation
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Increases in Filing Fees in 2008, 2010, and 2012 Made No Provisions for Public County Law Libraries; In Forma Pauperis Filings Increased; Revenue for Law Libraries Fell
Urgent Legislation is Needed to Shore-Up Funding for County Law Libraries
From 2009 to 2013, due in part to reduced filings and due in part to increased fee waivers, law library fee revenues, statewide, declined to 75½ percent of what law library fee revenues had been in 2008-'09. Law Library fee revenues and State filing fee revenues would be buoyed-up somewhat if the filing fee discount for third-party assignees was eliminated. To this end, on November 13, 2013, the County Law Libraries of Butte, Contra Costa, and Sonoma proposed remedial Legislation to the Office of the California Senate Committee on Judiciary. The remedial Legislation changes existing law by repealing subdivision (c) of Business and Professions Code section 6322.1. With the discount for third-party assignees removed, approximately $3.2 million in new funds will be received by the Judicial Branch. Of the $3.2 million, $1.6 million would go to the law libraries. For a Table displaying the State totals, how much the Judicial Branch stands to receive and how much the County Law Library stands to receive, click here.
|Table 1 — Butte County Law Library Fund Receipts 2006-2015|
|Year||Super. Ct. Filing Fee1||Limited Civ. Filing Fee2||Limited Civ. Filing Fee3||Limited Civ. Filing Fee4||LL Fund is Allocated||Total for Butte County Law Library Fund|
|Super Ct. Filing Fee1||Limited Civ. Filing Fee2||Limited Civ. Filing Fee3||Limited Civ. Filing Fee4|
1Superior Court Filing Fee for Civil > $25,000, Family Law, Probate
2Limited Civil Filing Fee for Cases > $10,000
3Limited Civil Filing Fee for Cases ≤ $10,000 for Original Creditor
4Limited Civil Filing Fee for Cases ≤ $10,000 for Assignee of Original Creditor