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Community service is a program which is frequently used in Derby Municipal Court to help people with limited financial resources to pay fines. Community service is credited at a rate of $6 per hour. By law, community service hours may only be used to pay fines. Court costs and other fees associated with the case must be paid out-of-pocket. For more detailed information regarding the use of community service, follow the link on the Municipal Court homepage.
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We accept cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover). If you are paying by credit or debit card you may make your payment on-line or by telephone. On-line payments charge a small processing fee, but can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Payments by phone have no additional charge.
The municipal court judge may also authorize community service hours to be credited toward payment of fines in cases of financial hardship. For more information on this option, refer to the FAQ regarding community service.
There is a payment drop box located at the Municipal Court Building, 229 N Baltimore, that is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A receipt will be mailed to you if you make an after hours payment. On-line payments may be made by clicking the link below. You will be required to enter the citation number and your date of birth to make a payment. There is a $1.50 processing fee.
The city prosecutor may offer the option of a diversion agreement for serious traffic violations such as DUI, reckless driving, no insurance and driving while suspended. Minor traffic charges may qualify for amendment to a non-moving violation. For more information on the amendment option, or to find out if you qualify for an amendment, contact the Court Clerk's office at 788-1511.
Payment plans are routinely used in Derby Municipal Court. In most cases, the minimum monthly payment will be set at $50.00 or an amount that will allow the balance of fines and fees to be paid in-full within 10 months. In cases of significant financial hardship, the judge may authorize a monthly payment below the monthly minimum or allow community service to be performed in lieu of cash payment for fines.
You may perform community service for any IRS registered, non-profit organization. To determine if an organization is registered as a non-profit, go to http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/ and search the name of the organization with which you wish to work. You may also contact court staff or follow the link to Helpful Forms and Documents for a list of organizations that may provide opportunities for community service.