Arizona Has Eliminated Juvenile Court Fees

Arizona eliminated administrative juvenile court fees.

Arizona Has Eliminated Juvenile Court Fees

In 2023, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs signed SB 1197 into law, eliminating administrative fees for minors in Arizona’s juvenile court system beginning October 30th, 2023. Previously, juveniles could be charged for such things as public defenders, diversion programs, payment plan setup, detention, and probation.

Governor Hobbs felt that these excessive fees burdened juveniles and their families with needless financial stress when they should actually be focusing on rehabilitation.

Starting October 30th, 2023, those already in the juvenile court system can request to have any unpaid supervision fees, diversion costs, detention costs, and other monetary obligations canceled. However, the court cannot provide refunds for fees already paid. Non-administrative fees, such as fines, penalties, and restitution are not eligible to be vacated.

For information on the process to vacate any upcoming juvenile court fees, visit the Arizona juvenile court page.

The AZCentral article detailing this change in law can be read here.



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