Virginia’s eCitation Legislation
The Virginia law amends 17.1-275.5 of the Code of Virginia by adding a new 17.1-279.1.
This amendment can be found here.
About the Law
Any county or city, through its governing body, may assess an additional sum not in excess of $5 as part of the costs in each criminal or traffic case in the district or circuit courts located within its boundaries in which the defendant is charged with a violation of any statute or ordinance.
The imposition of such assessment shall be by ordinance of the governing body, which may provide for different sums in circuit courts and district courts.
The assessment shall be collected by the clerk of the court in which the action is filed, remitted to the treasurer of the appropriate county or city, and held by such treasurer subject to disbursements by the governing body to a local law enforcement agency solely to fund software, hardware, and associated equipment costs for the implementation and maintenance of an electronic summons system.
How Local Law Enforcement Can Take Advantage of the Law
After the authorizing adoption of an ordinance by a county or city, local law enforcement can utilize collected eCitation assessments to purchase software, hardware, and associated equipment costs for the implementation and maintenance of an electronic summons system.