Payment Plans allow Defendants in a criminal case to pay their fines back to the Court at a fixed rate until the costs are paid in full. If a Defendant fails to make a payment, interest is calculated back from the original due date and added on to the final balance.
To qualify for a Payment Plan you must meet the following requirements:
You must be a Defendant in a Criminal Case;
You must either be on the verge of going past due (subject to interpretation of the Clerk) or already past due; and
You must be in the process of attempting to obtain you driver's license.
Situations for Payment Plans If you meet all of the above requirements, you are eligible for a Payment Plan. However, how you obtain a Payment Plan depends on one of the following situations:
If the Defendant is NOT on Probation and ONLY owes Court Costs:
The Defendant shall complete a Petition for Deferred or Installment Payment of Fines and Costs (Form CC-1378). At the time the payment plan is set up the Defendant is also required to make an initial down payment of $100 with monthly payments continuing thereafter until the balance is paid in full.
Payment Plans are approved at the discretion of the Clerk.
If the Defendant is ON Probation and ONLY Owes Court Costs:
The Defendant can write a letter to the Judge requesting a payment plan.
Authorization for the Payment Plan would be up to the discretion of the Judge.
If the Defendant is ON Probation and owes Restitution AND Court Costs:
The Defendant needs to contact his/or probation officer to be placed on the Court Reporting List to be heard on the next Docket Day. (Court Reporting is held on the first Monday of each month starting at 9 a.m.)
Authorization for a Payment Plan would be up to the discretion of the Judge.
This policy on Payment Plans is specific to the Circuit Court for the City of Roanoke. Please contact the Court in which your case is located for any additional information. Although this is the policy of the Circuit Court for the City of Roanoke, the Clerk and the Judges of the Court reserve the right to use discretion and take into consideration the individual circumstances of each Defendant.