A Michigan woman got an Ohio traffic charge dropped, but still had to pay $121 in court costs, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I feel violated that they can do this to me legally. It’s completely unfair,” she said. An Ohio appeals court recently ruled that defendants in some municipal courts are being hit with outrageous costs. Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer said court costs need to be reined in.
The state legislature has created a Joint Committee to Study Court Costs and Filing Fees. “The public gets sticker shock,” said Jim Laria, clerk of Akron Municipal Court and a member of the joint committee. “We need to have some open discussion and review. There is a lot of confusion as to what is right and wrong.” What angers many is the disparity. Get caught speeding on an interstate highway in Avon, Ohio, and pay costs of $67. Speed on the same highway in Cleveland, and costs are almost double.