ORS 153.630¹
Disposition of moneys collected by courts

(1) Costs and one-half of all fines collected in traffic offense cases by any court having jurisdiction of the traffic offense shall be paid as follows:

(a) If collected in a circuit court, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations), as a monetary obligation payable to the state.

(b) If collected in a justice court, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations) to the treasurer of the county in which the offense occurred, as a monetary obligation payable to the county.

(c) If collected in a municipal court, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations) to the city treasurer, as a monetary obligation payable to the city.

(2) The other half of such fines shall be paid as follows:

(a) If resulting from prosecutions initiated by or from arrests or complaints made by a member of the Oregon State Police, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations), as a monetary obligation payable to the state.

(b) If resulting from prosecutions initiated by or from arrests or complaints made by a motor carrier enforcement officer, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations), as a monetary obligation payable to the state.

(c) If resulting from prosecutions initiated by or from arrests or complaints made by a city police officer, including a city marshal or a member of the police of a city or municipal or quasi-municipal corporation, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations):

(A) To the treasurer of the city or municipal or quasi-municipal corporation by which such police officer is employed, as a monetary obligation to that political subdivision of the state if the offense occurred within the boundaries of the city or municipal or quasi-municipal corporation; or

(B) As a monetary obligation payable to the state if the offense occurred outside the boundaries of the city or municipal or quasi-municipal corporation.

(d) If resulting from prosecutions initiated by or from arrests or complaints made by a sheriff, deputy sheriff or county weighmaster, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations) to the treasurer of the county in which the offense occurred, as a monetary obligation payable to that county and to be credited to the general fund of that county.

(e) If resulting from prosecutions for parking in a winter recreation parking location, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations), as a monetary obligation payable to the state.

(f) In other cases, to be credited and distributed under ORS 137.293 (All monetary obligations constitute single obligation on part of convicted person) and 137.295 (Categories of monetary obligations), as a monetary obligation to the same entity to which payment is made of the half provided for in subsection (1) of this section.

(3) If provisions of subsection (2)(b) or (e) of this section are applicable, and if the fine or penalty imposed is remitted, suspended or stayed, or the offender against whom the fine or penalty was levied or imposed serves time in jail in lieu of paying the fine or penalty or a part thereof, the committing judge or magistrate shall certify the facts thereof in writing to the State Court Administrator in the case of a circuit court or the Department of Revenue in the case of a justice or municipal court not later than the 10th day of the month next following the month in which the fine was remitted or penalty suspended. If any part of the fine is thereafter paid, it shall be remitted to the judge or magistrate who imposed the fine or penalty, who shall distribute it as provided in subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

(4) If a fine is subject to division between two entities under this section and a sentence to pay a fine is imposed by the court, any remittance, suspension or stay of the fine portion of the sentence must be attributed on an equal basis to both of the entities entitled to a share of the fine.

(5) Distribution of fines and costs collected in a justice or municipal court under this section must be made not later than the last day of the month immediately following the month in which the fines and costs are collected.

(6) All fines collected as a result of citations issued by a member of the Oregon State Police for a violation of ORS 813.095 (Offense of refusal to take a breath test) and credited and distributed to the state under subsections (1)(a) and (2)(a) of this section shall be deposited in the State Police Account established in ORS 181.175 (State Police Account) to be used by the Department of State Police for the enforcement of laws concerning driving while under the influence of intoxicants. [Formerly 484.250; 1981 s.s. c.3 §107; 1983 c.164 §1; 1983 c.763 §47; 1985 c.16 §452; 1987 c.905 §17; 1991 c.67 §31; 1993 c.741 §102; 1999 c.1051 §81; 1999 c.1095 §7; 2003 c.301 §1; 2003 c.687 §5; 2003 c.814 §5]

Notes of Decisions

In de novo ap­peals in circuit court arising from traffic of­fense con­vic­­tions in municipal court in which arrest or complaint was made by a city policeman, the county clerk shall remit one-half of the fine to the city. City of St. Helens v. Columbia County, 21 Or App 128, 533 P2d 1401 (1975)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Remission by State Police of one-half of traffic fines, costs or bail moneys to General Fund as unconstitu­tional diversion of State Highway Funds, (1978) Vol 39, p 288

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 153—Violations and Traffic Offenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors153.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 153, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­153ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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