With state courts struggling to stay open, many states are trying to recover costs and debts owed. As noted yesterday, Pennsylvania and other states have allowed for use of private collection agencies. Idaho’s governor last week signed a bill last week that expanded the Idaho judiciary’s ability to recover such debts using private companies.
Since 2000 (Idaho Code § 19-4708) state law has authorized clerks of the district court, with the approval of the administrative district judge, to enter into contracts with collection services for the collection of debts owed to the courts in criminal cases, including fines, court costs, fees, and restitution to victims of crimes.
HB 67 enables the Supreme Court to enter into contracts with collection services for the collection of these debts on a statewide basis. Proponents argue this will provide an option for collecting these debts that may be more efficient and effective.
The new law goes into effect July 1.