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Rs 13:2005 Morgan City

§2005. Morgan City

A. All fines, forfeitures, costs, and penalties imposed in criminal prosecutions by the

city court of Morgan City shall be transmitted to the finance director of the city of Morgan

City who shall remit the funds to the appropriate entities for disposition in accordance

herewith:

(1) All costs shall be used for the care and maintenance of prisoners; however, if the

city jail is operated in the future by another governmental entity, then such funds in excess

of amounts needed for the care and maintenance of prisoners shall be used for related law

enforcement activities of the police department.

(2) One-fourth of all fines, forfeitures, and penalties shall be paid into the city court

and used for the operation and maintenance of the court.

(3) Three-fourths of the fines, forfeitures, and penalties shall be paid into the general

fund of the municipal corporation of Morgan City in cases where the prosecution is on behalf

of the city for the violation of a municipal ordinance, and into the general fund of the parish

of St. Mary in cases where the prosecution is on behalf of the state or parish for the violation

of a parochial ordinance or state law.

B. The fines, forfeitures, and penalties paid into the city court and used for the

operation and maintenance of the court as provided by Paragraph (A)(2) may be used for the

operational expenses of the court, including but not limited to stationery, books, office

supplies, filing cabinets, and such other equipment as may be useful or necessary for the

proper conduct of the court's judicial business, all as may be approved by the court. Funds

accumulated in the operation and maintenance account in excess of fifty thousand dollars

shall be transferred, at least once annually, to the general fund of the city of Morgan City and

shall be used for the purpose of construction and maintenance of city court facilities,

including but not limited to a city courthouse and city jail, or for other related law

enforcement operations. With the approval of the judge of the city court, the funds may be

transferred from time to time throughout the year.

C. In addition to all other fees or costs now or hereafter provided by law, there shall

be taxed as costs against every defendant who is convicted after trial or after a guilty plea or

who forfeits bond, a nonrefundable sum of four dollars, the proceeds of which shall be

deposited to the general fund of the city of Morgan City and shall be used to defray the

expenses of the prosecutor's office.

D. Thirty percent of the funds collected by the city court of Morgan City pursuant

to the provisions of R.S. 15:168(B) may be deposited into a special fund created for this

purpose. The fund shall be referred to as the Morgan City Indigent Defender Fund.

E. The Morgan City Indigent Defender Fund Board shall manage and oversee funds

remitted to the Morgan City Indigent Defender Fund and shall consist of three members

residing in the Morgan City Court district and shall be composed of the following:

(1) One member appointed by the city council of Morgan City.

(2) One member appointed by the St. Mary Parish Council.

(3) One member appointed by the legislative delegation from nominees from the

Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.

Added by Acts 1960, No. 32, §3, eff. Jan. 1, 1961; Acts 1995, No. 526, §1; Acts

2016, No. 638, §1; Acts 2017, No. 99, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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