2007 ORS § 137.295¹
Categories of monetary obligations
  • order of crediting moneys received

(1) When a defendant convicted of a crime or violation in the circuit, justice or municipal court, or allowed diversion in such a case, makes a payment of money to be credited against monetary obligations imposed as a result of that conviction or diversion, the clerk shall distribute the payment as provided in this section.

(2) There are four categories of monetary obligations. The categories are as follows:

(a) Category 1 consists of compensatory fines under ORS 137.101 (Compensatory fine).

(b) Category 2 consists of restitution as defined in ORS 137.103 (Definitions for ORS 137.101 to 137.109) and restitution under ORS 419C.450 (Restitution) and a monetary obligation imposed under ORS 811.706 (Money damages resulting from violation of ORS 811.700 or 811.705).

(c) Category 3 consists of the unitary assessment imposed under ORS 137.290 (Unitary assessment), costs imposed under ORS 151.505 (Authority of court to order repayment of costs related to provision of appointed counsel) or 161.665 (Costs) and those fines, costs, forfeited security amounts and other monetary obligations payable to the state or to the General Fund of the state in criminal and quasi-criminal cases for which moneys the law does not expressly provide other disposition.

(d) Category 4 consists of monetary obligations imposed upon the defendant as a result of the conviction, but which do not fall under category 1, category 2 or category 3 of the obligation categories. These include, but are not limited to, fines and other monetary obligations that the law expressly directs be paid to an agency, person or political subdivision of the state, and any other obligation to reimburse for payment of a reward under ORS 131.897 (Authority to order repayment of reward as part of sentence). Notwithstanding paragraph (c) of this subsection, the portion of assessments collected as required by ORS 137.290 (Unitary assessment) (2)(c) and (d) shall be considered category 4 obligations.

(3) As long as there remains unpaid any obligation under category 1, the clerk shall credit toward category 1 all of each payment received.

(4) After the total obligation has been credited under category 1, then as long as there remains unpaid any obligation under both categories 2 and 3, the clerk shall credit toward each such category 50 percent of each payment received.

(5) The clerk shall monthly transfer the moneys credited under category 1 and under category 2 to the victims for whose benefit moneys under that category were ordered paid. If there are multiple victims for whose benefit moneys have been ordered paid under category 2, the clerk shall first transfer moneys credited under category 2 to the victim, as defined in ORS 137.103 (Definitions for ORS 137.101 to 137.109) (4)(a). When the moneys due the victim, as defined in ORS 137.103 (Definitions for ORS 137.101 to 137.109) (4)(a), have been fully paid, the clerk shall transfer moneys credited under category 2 to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Account if moneys have been ordered paid to the account under category 2. When the moneys due the account have been fully paid, the clerk shall transfer moneys credited under category 2 to any other victims, as defined in ORS 137.103 (Definitions for ORS 137.101 to 137.109) (4)(b) or (d), for whose benefit moneys under that category were ordered paid in proportion to the amounts ordered. The clerk of a circuit court shall monthly transfer the moneys credited under category 3 as directed by the State Court Administrator for deposit in the State Treasury to the credit of the Criminal Fine and Assessment Account established under ORS 137.300 (Criminal Fine and Assessment Account). The clerk of a justice or municipal court shall monthly transfer the moneys credited under category 3 to the Department of Revenue as provided in ORS 305.830 (Collection of fines, penalties and forfeitures).

(6) When the entire amount owing for purposes of either category 2 or category 3 has been credited, further payments by the defendant shall be credited by the clerk entirely to the unpaid balance of whichever of those categories remains unpaid, until both category 2 and category 3 have been entirely paid.

(7) When category 1, category 2 and category 3 have been entirely paid and any obligation remains owing under category 4, the clerk shall credit further payments by the defendant to the obligations under category 4 and shall monthly transfer the moneys so received to the appropriate recipient, giving first priority to counties and cities entitled to revenues generated by prosecutions in justice and municipal courts and giving last priority to persons entitled to moneys as reimbursement for reward under ORS 131.897 (Authority to order repayment of reward as part of sentence). The clerk shall monthly transfer the portion of assessments collected as required by ORS 137.290 (Unitary assessment) (2)(c) and (d) to the county for administration of substance abuse treatment programs described in ORS 430.420 (Integration of drug treatment services into criminal justice system).

(8) Notwithstanding subsection (5) of this section, the clerk of a circuit court shall monthly transfer the moneys attributable to parking violations to the State Treasurer for deposit in the General Fund.

(9) The clerk of a justice or municipal court must make the transfers required by this section not later than the last day of the month immediately following the month in which a payment is made. [1987 c.905 §3; 1991 c.460 §13; 1993 c.33 §301; 1995 c.782 §3; 1997 c.761 §10; 1999 c.1051 §128; 1999 c.1064 §1; 2001 c.823 §§22,23; 2003 c.687 §§2,3; 2005 c.564 §§4,5; 2007 c.626 §2; 2007 c.899 §§3,4]

Note: See second note under 137.290 (Unitary assessment).