Court Costs and Money Bail

Here you will find information about the ever-increasing financial costs imposed on individuals in the criminal court system and how your Public Defender’s office is fighting every day to minimize these costs and make access to justice available to all residents of Guilford County, no matter their ability to pay.

Freedom for Sale – Money Bail in North Carolina: North Carolina State Bar Journal (Fall 2018)

Flood of new court fees drown indigent defendants: North Carolina State Bar Journal (Winter 2017)

Khaleef’s story – How excessive court costs ruin livesNC Policy Watch (July 2017)

The Rise of Criminal Court User Fees in North Carolina Part 1: All the Justice Money Can Buy – Trial Briefs (April 2016)

 The Rise of Criminal Court User Fees in North Carolina Part 2: Paying for the Cage – Trial Briefs (July 2016)

The Rise of Criminal Court User Fees in North Carolina Part 3: Making the Machinery of Justice Work for All –Trial Briefs (January 2017)

Balancing the Scales: Judge Waives Fees for Indigent Defendants – By Anika Bailey

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