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Financial Recovery

The Department of Financial Recovery was established to ensure effective and efficient collections of funds owed to Manatee County. The staff is responsible for assisting with the completion of the Indigence application and determining indigence for the purposes of costs or representation based upon the information provided. Payment plans are prepared and monitored for the repayment of costs and fees.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (941) 708-7405
Fax Number: (941) 741-4066
E-mail: Tami Colmorgen Supervisor, Sarah Middleton Team Lead

Criminal Fines

Criminal Fines is a division of the Financial Recovery department and is responsible for accepting most payments for criminal cases including those placed on a payment plan. Criminal Fines posts and distributes cash bonds, prepares and records judgments, verifies that court ordered fines, fees, court costs, restitution, etc…are properly assessed in the case management system and distributed according to statute. County probation supervision costs, drug court fees and non-criminal violations (boating, animal control, ordinance violations) are also paid in Criminal Fines.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (941) 749-1800 x4284
Fax Number: (941) 741-4066
E-mail: Tami Colmorgen Supervisor, Sarah Middleton Team Lead

Important Information / Indigence

Public Defender Appointment

Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began determining if a person applying for appointment of a Public Defender, private attorney, or any other due process service is indigent pursuant to s. 27.52 Florida Statutes. The Clerk's determination of indigent status is a ministerial act based on information provided by the Defendant on a form developed by the Supreme Court.

Civil Indigence Status

Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began determining if a person applying for any due process service is indigent pursuant to s. 57.081 Florida Statutes.

The Clerk's determination of indigent status is a ministerial act based on information provided by the applicant on a form developed by the Supreme Court.

Beginning July 01, 2009 changes were made to the payment of filing fees by a person deemed by the Clerk to be indigent.

Financial Obligation Agreement (Payment Plan)

Beginning July 01, 2004, the Clerk of the Court began accepting payments for any court ordered fines/costs and fees in accordance with the terms of an established payment plan pursuant to s. 28.246 Florida Statutes, except if the fines/costs are a condition of probation, this service requires payment of a one-time fee of $25.00 or $5.00 monthly partial payment fee pursuant to s. 28.24(26) (b) (c) Florida Statutes.

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