VIRGINIA BEACH --A new effort begins Friday to collect delinquent court fines and costs in Virginia Beach.
The fines and costs collection contract was awarded to the Virginia Beach Treasurer’s Office, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office announced.
The contract includes Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, General District and the Circuit Court in Virginia Beach.
“Awarding the contract to the City Treasurer’s Office means that potentially over a million dollars in contingency fees will be remitted to the City of Virginia Beach annually,” Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant said.
Last year, the gross collections from all three courts of delinquent fines and costs totaled $3,720,000.00. Out of that amount, $909,000.00 in contingency fees was kept by the collection firms, Bryant said.
“This as a win-win situation for the City, our three courts and the State of Virginia. I am grateful that City Treasurer John T. Atkinson offered the expertise of his office in collecting the delinquent fines and costs,” Bryant said.