FEES - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the fees at Juvenile Court that are assessed to the parent or guardian?
- Diversion Fee. As provided in Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 8-321, a parent is assessed a one-time $50 fee if your child is accepted into a Diversion program. This fee may be reduced or waived, based on the family‟s financial status. The Diversion fee is usually paid the day of the Diversion interview, but must be paid no later than 30 days after the billing notice.
- Probation Supervision Fee. Per ARS 8-241, the parent of a child placed on Probation Supervision must pay a $50 monthly fee. This may be appealed at the Assessments Office, and may be reduced or waived based on the family‟s financial status.
- Placement Fee. Per ARS 8-234, a fee may be assessed to a parent whose child has been placed in out-of-home treatment facility. The amount of this fee will be determined by the cost of placement and ability to pay. This may be appealed at the Assessments Office, and may be reduced or waived based on the family‟s financial status.
- Court Appointed Attorney Fee. Per ARS 8-221, parents must pay legal fees for court appointed representation for their child. The amount is determined by the Affidavit of Financial Status submitted early in the court process. This may be appealed at the Assessments Office, and may be reduced or waived based on the family‟s financial status.
- Administrative Fee for Court Appointed Counsel. Per ARS 11-584, a separate administrative fee will be assessed to the parent whenever the Court appoints legal representation for a child. This is a $25 fee, which cannot be appealed.
- Victim Fee. Per ARS 8-418, any time there is/are victim(s) in a child‟s case, there will be a victim fee which cannot be appealed, reduced or waived. If the child is in a Diversion program, the assessment will be $25 for each offense that has a victim. If a child is prosecuted and adjudicated delinquent in Court, the victim assessment will be $25 for each adjudicated charge having a victim associated with it.
- Detention Fee. Per ARS 8-243, any time a child is detained by a Judge, the parent/guardian will be assessed $20 for each day the child is detained. This may be appealed at the Assessments Office, and may be reduced or waived based on the family‟s financial status.
What are the fees at Juvenile Court that are assessed to juveniles?
- Restitution. Per ARS 8-341GI & ARS 8-341HI, if there are victims in a child‟s case who have suffered financial loss due to the child‟s behavior, the Court may order an amount of restitution for the child to pay. Parents may also be ordered to pay restitution. Once the Court determines the proper amount, it cannot be appealed, reduced or waived.
- Time Payment Fee. Per ARS 12-116, if there is an amount of Court-ordered restitution, and it is not paid in full on the date it is ordered, then a Time Payment Fee of $20 will be assessed to the child. This is a one-time fee which cannot be appealed, reduced or waived.
- Curfew Fine. Per City of Tucson Ordinance 11-34 and Pima County Code 9.2, a child who commits a curfew violation may be assessed $25 for the first curfew offense; $50 for a second curfew offense; and $75 for a third and all subsequent curfew offenses.
**** If you are required to pay fines, penalties, fees or other financial obligations as a result of a judgement of this court and you are unable to pay, bring this information to the attention of The Pima County Juvenile Court Assessment Office because payments over time or other alternatives may be available. Do not ignore your responsibility to pay, as this may result in additional penalties and costs to you. For more information, contact the Assessment Office at 520-724-9445.