Cuyahoga County Announces Amnesty Program for Delinquent Offenders

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CLEVELAND –Cuyahoga County officials have announced an amnesty program aimed to relax late fees and other costs stemming from criminal, civil and domestic court cases.

The Cuyahoga County Council and Executive Ed FitzGerald say the goal of the program is to collect more than $64 million in court costs stemming as far back as 2002. The program will last from June 11th through July 13th.

Cuyahoga County Executive FitzGerald says, “The Amnesty program will allow those with delinquent court costs to make good on their obligations. If they do not, we will take the steps necessary to collect what is owed to Cuyahoga County.”

The council president says collecting these funds will help alleviate budget issues.

“Over a quarter of the total court costs from 2002 to 2011 are in delinquent status with the Clerk of Courts Office. Collecting these much needed dollars will have a significant impact on the revenue for the Courts and the County,” said Council President Connally.

Those who owe a debt to the county can contact the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts 216-443-7952 for more information. Individuals who wish to pay their debts during the amnesty period can visit the Clerk of Courts Office at 1200 Ontario Street.