For tickets written for court dates prior to the December 20, 2019 court date, the Court Cost of $25.00 was applied to each ticket (not each offense) if you paid prior to your court date. If you came to Court prior to December 20, 2019, the Judge could have charged a $25.00 Court Cost per offense, if he so ruled. If you Failed to Appear in Court, you will be charged a Court Cost per offense. The Court Cost is charged to help pay for the costs of citations going through the Court system, with $1.00 of each Court Cost going to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security. NOTE: Berry Hill’s Board of Commissioners voted to raise the Court Cost to $50.00 (from $25.00). It went into effect for citations listing the new Court Cost on the back of the citations, and that began with citations written for the December 20, 2019 court date.
The Cash Bond Forfeiture Cost of $13.75 is applied to each ticket (not each offense) if the citation is paid for prior to Court. It is not charged on citations that are heard in Court or on those whose defendants fail to appear in court. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the Cash Bond Forfeiture fees go to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), with other five percent (5%) going to help pay for the costs of citations going through the Court System.
The Litigation Fee of $13.75 may be applied to each offense, as the Judge so determines, for citations heard in Court or for citations whose defendants fail to appear in Court. It would not be charged for citations paid for before court. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of these fees go to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, with two percent (2%) going to help pay for the costs of citations going through the Court system.
As with the fines paid to our Court, all Court Costs, Cash Bond Forfeitures and Litigation Fees may be paid by cash, check, cashier’s check, credit card, debit card or money order to The City of Berry Hill.