SB 0447 Creates the basic civil legal services fund
LR Number:1456S.03T Fiscal Note:1456-03
Committee:Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:07/11/03 - Signed by Governor Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 447
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 447 - This act establishes the "Basic Civil Legal Services Fund." The fund is to be administered by the Missouri Supreme Court. Moneys for the fund shall come from an additional filing fee on certain civil and criminal actions of $20 in the Missouri Supreme Court and courts of appeal, $10 in the circuit courts and $8 in the associate circuit courts.

Moneys from the fund shall be disbursed to legal services organizations in this state to provide legal representation to eligible low-income persons in this state in civil matters. Recipient organizations must maintain appropriate records of the disbursement of such funds for five years.

Moneys in the fund shall not be used to pay any refund mandated by Article X, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution. The Missouri Supreme Court must make an annual report to the General Assembly on moneys collected.

This act is substantially similar to SB 1194 (2002).