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NOTE: Judgments for Restitution and Compensatory Fines are not eligible for reduction and are excluded from participation in this program.
The State Court Debt Reduction Program is a three prong program. The purpose of the program is to:
NOTE: An individual who is physically unable to perform work crew due to disability, may request the court allow them to substitute community service in lieu of work crew. The participant must provide proof of disability.
Applicants must complete an Application and Declaration and provide proof of income and monthly bills (including rent and utilities) for the past two months. If they claim to be eligible for public assistance, they must provide proof of the amount received from all programs.
Court staff will review the forms for completeness and forward them to a judge or other court staff for approval or denial. The matter may set the matter for a hearing and they will appear before a judge or other court staff.
The State Court Debt Reduction Program is in effect for one year from the date of acceptance into the program. Participants, who have made a good faith effort to complete the program but need additional time, may request a one-time extension from the court for up to an additional 6 months.
The Court will:
Parole and Probation Work Crew Coordinator will:
Failure to successfully complete the program will result in the debt immediately being sent out for collection.
Collection fees will be added to the participant’s outstanding balance.
If you are interested in the program, please contact the Columbia County Circuit Court for further information and see if you qualify for the program. The Circuit Court is located at 230 Strand Street, St Helens, Oregon 97051. 503.397.2327 ext 306
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