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Skagit County Clerk: Mavis Betz

 

LFO COLLECTIONS

Legal Financial Obligations include Superior Court Ordered Criminal and Juvenile Fees/Fines/Restitution, as well as Parent ordered fees such as Detention and Public Defender.

Adult Convictions:

Adults that have been convicted of a crime in the Superior Court could have been assessed court costs and restitution. Interest accrues on a monthly basis on the outstanding principle. If you are not supervised by the Department of Corrections, you may be assessed an annual collection fee if payments are not made according to the payment schedule.

Juvenile Convictions:

Juveniles that have been convicted of a crime in the Superior Court could have been assessed court costs and restitution. A judgment will be entered on outstanding balances after the offender turns 18. At that point, interest may accrue, and collection fees may be assessed. The court retains jurisdiction and may collect on the judgment until the age of 28.
The jurisdiction may be extended an additional ten years.

Parent Pay:

Parents of juveniles going through the Juvenile Justice system are liable for attorney costs and detention costs based on RCW 13.40.145 and RCW 13.16.085. Costs are determined on a sliding scale. To determine if you qualify to have Parent Obligations waived or reduced, contact the Office of Assigned Counsel at (360) 416-1690. When making a payment towards Parent obligations, include the child’s case number and specify it is for “Parent Pay.”

Financial Collections Officer:

The Financial Collections Officer may be reached between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday in the Clerk’s Office, 205 West Kincaid Street, Room 103, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, or by phone at (360) 416-1820. The Collections Officer can answer questions regarding the balance ordered to be paid and work with you to set a payment schedule.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYMENT:

**********No personal checks are accepted**********

Payments may be made in the following manners:

IN PERSON:
With cash, money order or cashier’s check, Mon - Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

BY MAIL:
Send Money Order or Cashier’s Check made payable to Skagit County Clerk. Include your name and case number to ensure proper credit. If you would like a receipt returned to you, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Payments must be received by the 25th of the month to be considered timely. Postmarks are not proof of timely payment.

Mail Payment to:

Skagit County Clerk
205 West Kincaid Street Room 103
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

ONLINE
Credit Card payments may be made online through nCourt, There is a service fee for processing payment(s) online or over the phone. The total charge amount will be displayed prior to submitting the payment. To make a payment by phone, please call (877) 793-8935 Mon-Fri 7am-9pm and Sat-Sun 9am-6pm EST.

Once you have submitted your payment, you will receive an email letting you know if the court has accepted or rejected your payment.

FAQ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

I am current with my payments and have a Financial Review coming up; do I have to come to court?
Contact the Collections Clerk at (360) 416-1820 to be excused from court.

I have not received a billing statement. What should I do?
Contact the Collections Clerk at (360) 416-1820 to see if we have your current address. Also, some cases are not eligible for billings to be sent out. You are responsible for making monthly payments and will need to remember to make them if you do not receive a statement.

Where do I send my payments?

Payments can be mailed to:

Skagit County Clerk
205 West Kincaid Street, Room 103
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Make sure to include your cause/case number on the money order/cashier’s check. Please Note – Personal checks are not accepted.

Can I pay with a personal check?
No. Personal Check’s are not accepted. You can send money order or cashier’s check, or pay by debit or credit card using Official Payments. Cash payments may be made if paying in person.

What if I cannot make my full payment?
Pay as much as you can and then try to make up the difference the following month. If you are not able to have your case current by the following month, contact the Collections Clerk to discuss the matter.

How do I find my case number?
Go to Washington Courts Web site at http://dw.courts.wa.gov/ to search for your case number.

I missed my court date, what should I do?
Call the Collections Clerk at (360) 416-1820.

I have a bench warrant for failing to appear at a Financial Review Hearing, what can I do?
Contact the Collection Clerk at (360) 416-1820 for possible resolution.