Section 12-19-180

Criminal history processing fee; allocation of monies; access to court data from within and without Unified Judicial System; user fees to be deposited in Court Automation Fund; section not bar to public access to court records.

(a) In addition to all other costs, fees, or fines prescribed by law, each person convicted of a crime in a municipal, district, or circuit court, except traffic cases which do not involve driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances as set out in Section 32-5A-191, and conservation cases and juvenile cases, shall be assessed a criminal history processing fee of thirty dollars ($30). The assessment shall be automatically assessed by the clerk of the court upon conviction.

(b) There is created in the State Treasury a fund to be designated as the Public Safety Automated Fingerprint Identification System Fund, a fund to be designated as the Court Automation Fund, and a fund to be designated as the Criminal Justice Information System Automation Fund. Ten dollars ($10) of each additional fee collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the State Treasury to the credit of the Public Safety Automated Fingerprint Identification System Fund, five dollars ($5) to the Court Automation Fund, ten dollars ($10) to the Criminal Justice Information System Automation Fund, and five dollars ($5) to the Department of Forensic Sciences Forensic Services Fund. All money deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Public Safety Automated Fingerprint Identification System Fund shall be expended for operations and maintenance of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System. All money deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Court Automation Fund shall be expended for equipment, operations, supplies, maintenance, and training related to court automation, court cost collection and the timely and efficient processing of court cases, and for the other purposes enumerated in this section. All money deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Criminal Justice Information System Automation Fund shall be expended for equipment, operations, supplies, maintenance, and training related to the Criminal Justice Information System. All money deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Forensic Services Fund from the criminal history processing fee shall be expended for any purposes for which the Department of Forensic Sciences is authorized to expend funds appropriated to that department. No money shall be withdrawn or expended from these funds for any purpose unless the money has been allotted and budgeted in accordance with Article 4 (commencing with Section 41-4-80) of Chapter 4 of Title 41, and only in the amounts and for the purposes provided by the Legislature in the general appropriations bill or other appropriation bills.

(c) All data collected and maintained in the State Judicial Information System from the automated management systems operated by the Administrative Office of Courts and all manuals, forms, brochures, and publications developed by the Administrative Office of Courts shall be used to assist with the administrative and management needs of court officials and employees within the Unified Judicial System. The authority for control and dissemination of data from the system or distribution of judicial forms, manuals, and publications to any individuals, corporations, partnerships, or governmental associations outside the Unified Judicial System is vested in the Administrative Director of Courts.

(d) The Administrative Director of Courts shall promulgate policies and procedures, in conformity with rules adopted by the Supreme Court of Alabama, for the handling of applications for information from the State Judicial Information System and applications for court forms, manuals, and publications from all persons or entities outside the Unified Judicial System. The Administrative Director of Courts may establish in the policies and procedures, subscription, rental, or user fees, and other charges applicable to non-judicial system entities to be used to offset the costs involved in transferring or providing any information requested.

(e) All monies received by the Administrative Office of Courts from applications, user fees, service charges, subscriptions, donations, grants, leases, rentals, bequests, loans, or any other sources, either public or private, relating to the operation and administration of the State Judicial Information System or the publication and distribution of court forms and informational material shall be deposited in the Court Automation Fund. The fund shall be used to help defray the costs of maintenance, acquisition and operation of the computer system and the research, preparation, printing, and distribution of forms and manuals, which shall include, but not be limited to, equipment, supplies, line charges, printing, salaries for employees, and other incidental expenses required for the operation or expansion of the system or associated with developing and distributing informational materials.

(f) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prevent, prohibit, or otherwise limit or restrict public access to individual court records from the official custodians thereof, if the records are otherwise subject to public disclosure by law or court rule, nor shall anything in this section be construed to allow access to any court records which are not otherwise subject to public disclosure by law or court rule.

(g) No money deposited to the Court Automation Fund may be transferred for use by any other program or purpose within the Unified Judicial System.

(Acts 1992, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 92-677, p. 58, §§1, 2; Acts 1993, No. 93-255, p. 364, §2; Acts 1993, No. 93-641, p. 1097, §2; Act 97-945, 1st Ex. Sess., p. 515, §1.)