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NO. 135. AN ACT RELATING TO PROCESSING SMALL CLAIMS COURT FEES.

(H.831)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 24 V.S.A. § 72(b) is amended to read:

(b) *[Filing fees in small claims actions shall be transferred to the court administrator who shall distribute 100 percent of the fees to the counties on a quarterly basis in accordance with a formula established by majority vote of all the assistant judges. The court administrator shall not charge any kind of administrative or processing fee for receiving and transferring such fees. Filing fees in post-judgment matters shall be deposited in the general fund.]* All filing fees in small claims actions, including postjudgment fees, shall be held by the county in which they are filed.

Sec. 2. 32 V.S.A. § 1181 is amended to read:

§ 1181. COUNTY CLERKS

The annual salaries of the county clerks in the respective counties which shall be paid by the state in lieu of all fees or other compensation paid by the state, shall be as follows:

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Sec. 3. 32 V.S.A. § 1181a is amended to read:

§ 1181a. PASSPORT FEES; RETENTION BY CLERK

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 502*[,]* and 503 *[and 1181]* of this title, a county clerk may retain for the benefit of the county the *[$3.00]* execution fee paid pursuant to the issuance of a passport.

Approved: May 12, 2000