SALEM, Ore. — A bill to keep the Jackson County Justice Court open is headed to the governor’s desk. The Oregon Legislature recently approved the house bill that will help all courts statewide.
The Jackson County Court was facing closure after the state eliminated the 45-dollar surcharge for traffic citations. The state also increased the amount it required from courts for convictions.
This money was used to fund the justice court operations. The bill reduces that fee and requires the difference to go to drug and alcohol programs and correctional programs in the state.