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** For case-specific questions, balances, or questions not answered here, please contact our Collections Coordinator at 724.614.1100 **

HOW DO I FIND OUT HOW MUCH I OWE IN FINES, COURT COSTS, AND RESTITUTION?
Fines, costs, and restitution information can be located online through the Court of Common Pleas System (CPCMS) at http://ujsportal.pacourts.us It can also be located by obtaining a receipt after making a payment.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FINES, COURT COSTS, AND RESTITUTION?
These amounts are ordered by the Court at the time of sentencing, thereby requiring the defendant to pay these amounts in full. Clients are required to enter into a monthly payment plan. Payments must be made consistently and completely to insure compliance.

WHEN SHOULD I BEGIN TO MAKE PAYMENTS?
Payments should begin immediately after sentencing. Defendants are encouraged to remit additional monies above and beyond their monthly payment plan in order for their case to remain current.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I DO NOT MAKE PAYMENTS AS DIRECTED?
Probation officers and the Collection Department will monitor the case for compliance. Failure to comply with your payment plan may result in contempt of court and/or the following sanctions: violation of supervision, suspension of driver's license, reported to credit bureau, reported to collection agency resulting in 25% increase in your balance. Failure to make monthly payments will result in public assistance being terminated.

IF I AM INCARCERATED, WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PAYMENT PLAN?
The payment plan will remain in effect and will be expected that the client will resume payments upon release.

WHAT IF I CANNOT COMPLY DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS?
Please inform the Collections Department if you are unable to comply with your payment plan due to medical reasons. You must provide medical verification from your physician which details the reason, duration, and any work restrictions that pertain to your ability to be gainfully employed.

WHAT IS A SUPERVISION FEE?
Pursuant to Act 35 of 1991, clients will be charged a $50 per month supervision fee. This fee is charged to all clients who are on active supervision. Supervision fees are charged based on the guidelines set forth.

IF I AM ORDERED TO RECEIVE COURT ORDERED RESTITUTION, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN RECEIVING IT, WHO DO I CONTACT?
Questions regarding the enforcement of restitution should be directed to the Collections Department at 724.614.1100.

WHAT IS A JUDGMENT?
Pursuance to 42 PA C.S.A. 9728(b), all defendants who have been convicted at the Court of Common Pleas receive a civil judgment. This is filed by the Adult Probation Office in the Lawrence County Prothontary's Office. Judgements must be filed regardless if there is a payment plan or if payments are being received. Judgments are satisfied upon payment in full.

HOW ARE MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS DETERMINED?
We take the number of months you are on parole/probation and divide it by the total you owe. Therefore, if you are not keeping up with the determined monthly amount, you will owe more money for the remaining months then you would need to adjust your payments accordingly.

WHY HAS THE TOTAL ON MY RECEIPT GONE UP SINCE I MADE MY LAST PAYMENT?
There may be several explanations for a rise in your amount owed:
  • As you are being drug tested, the costs of the tests are added onto your balance owed.
  • If part of your sentence has another sentence to follow, the supervision fees are not entered on the consecutive sentence until you start to serve that sentence.
  • There may be a delay with the Clerk of Court entering costs.
  • The Sheriff's Office may add costs for any transportation.
  • There may have been a delay with the entering of restitution.
  • If your account is at a collection agency, your payment may not have been applied by the agency before you made your next payment.

WHAT IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE COLLECTION AGENCY?
You may contact Credit Management (CMC) directly by calling: 1-(800)-472-1483