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Proposed changes to fee schedules in Allen County open to public comment

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Allen Superior Court is, again, offering for public comment proposed changes to the fees for its alternative court programs.

The proposed amendment focuses on the local rule for the assessment of court drug- and alcohol-program fees and problem-solving court program fees. The local rule has to be changed periodically when fees are updated in the state statute. The proposed amendment would remove the specific dollar amount from the local rule to charge whatever the Legislature authorizes.

Funds generated by the fees are used to support the staff and operations of the programs, said Allen Superior Judge Frances Gull. Currently the local drug court has about 150 active clients. Since the drug program started in 1997, an estimated 600 have graduated.

The proposal is to correct a technical error, Gull said. The order was originally to take effect Jan. 1, 2012, but it was not sent to the state court administration to be published.

The bar and the public can comment on the proposed amendment through Nov. 18, 2013. Comments should be made in writing and mailed to:

Hon. Frances C. Gull, Judge of the Allen Superior Court
Attn: Public Comment on Local Rules
Allen County Courthouse
715 S. Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

A copy of the proposed amendment is available both at the office of the Clerk of Allen County in the Allen County Courthouse at 715 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne and online at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/allen-plr-programfees.pdf.

The change to the local rule will be adopted, modified or rejected before Nov. 19, 2013.

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