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Court fines are harder to collect

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Local governments are having a harder time collecting fines. The sluggish economy means a lot of people just can't afford to pay.

Albany Municipal Court Judge Willie Weaver says more offenders than ever are asking the court for mercy, requesting extensions or payment plans for their fines and fees.

He says many of those people have been laid off or had their work hours cut.  Weaver said, "I normally used to call it excuses, people make excuses for not paying their fines, but I understand people are actually having a hard time and I understand where they're coming from and I do give them a little more time to take care of their fine business."

Judge Weaver says when people can't pay their fines, he'll sometimes allow them to complete community service to work them off.

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