§85.1. Posting of criminal bond; fee assessed
A.(1) There shall be a fee in the amount of fifteen dollars assessed in connection with the issuance of every criminal bond posted within each parish. The fee shall be collected by the sheriff of each parish from every person seeking release by means of a criminal bond, or their designated representative.
(2) The proceeds from cases in which the criminal prosecution has been concluded shall be distributed on a quarterly basis as follows:
(a) Seven dollars shall be remitted to the office of the district attorney of the parish, or to the office of the city or municipal prosecutor in cases where the municipality is responsible for the prosecution.
(b) Two dollars shall be remitted to the district public defender office which provides services to the parish.
(c) Two dollars shall be remitted to the criminalistics laboratory which performs the majority of the crime lab services for the parish in accordance with the provisions of Subsection B of this Section.
(d) Two dollars shall be remitted to the office of the clerk of court for the parish, except in the parish of Orleans where two dollars shall be remitted to the office of the clerk of the criminal district court, or to the office of the city or municipal clerk of court in cases where the municipality is responsible for the prosecution.
(e) Two dollars shall be retained by the sheriff of the parish.
B. That portion of the fee remitted to the criminalistics laboratory in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph (A)(2) of this Section shall be remitted to the laboratory which provides the majority of the necessary crime lab services to the parish in which the fee is collected. There shall be a crime lab committee created in each parish charged with determining, on a quarterly basis, which criminalistics laboratory shall receive the proceeds of the fees collected. The crime lab committee shall consist of the sheriff, the chief judge, and the district attorney of that parish.
C. Any person found not guilty or any person against whom criminal charges are brought and thereafter dismissed may petition the district court for a refund of the fee assessed pursuant to the provisions of this Section.
Acts 2003, No. 942, §1; Acts 2004, No. 830, §1; Acts 2004, No. 852, §2, eff. July 12, 2004; Acts 2007, No. 307, §2.
H. Taylor - Baton Rouge, Louisiana