Collection of Criminal Legal Financial Obligations (LFO)
of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon thru Fri
Under Washington state law, collection of legal financial obligations owing by defendants who have been convicted of a crime is the responsibility of the Department of Corrections (RCW 9.94A.030). In 1994, RCW 36.18.190 was passed giving the Superior Court Clerks the ability to contract for the collection, or use county collection services for the collection, of unpaid Court-ordered legal financial obligations (LFOs). In that statute, Superior Court Clerks are encouraged to work with the Department of Corrections (DOC) on criminal offenders who are under DOC supervision. This is a new concept in this state to have the court step forward to share that responsibility. It is imperative that cooperation and coordination are exercised with DOC, as records and responsibility are shared and overlap.
The Clerk's Collections Officer may be reached during the times listed above, at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Bldg. 2, Olympia, Washington 98502 or by phone at (360) 786-5591.
LFO Program's Function
Plan and direct the collection of court-ordered LFOs. Monitor compliance with Court orders on monetary obligations for juvenile and adult convictions through the Superior Court. Investigate and recommend to the Superior Court Judges which level of ability criminal defendants can pay for LFOs.
Benefits of the Program
- Collection of restitution due to victims.
- Collection of monies to benefit different programs (i.e., crime victims, drug fund, court costs, sheriff's fees, and public defense recovery).
- Making defendants responsible for fines and fees, which will have a direct effect on their meeting other terms of their sentence.
Checks, money orders, cash, debit cards or credit cards (if made in person) are accepted for payment on LFOs. Payments by may be made by mail or in person at either of the Clerk's Offices listed above.
Credit card payments by phone or payment on line are accepted for LFO payments only as shown below.
Pay Legal Financial Obligation by Credit Card
(AMERICAN EXPRESS, DISCOVER, MASTERCARD and VISA)
Call 1-360-786-5591 or Pay online at:
Our provider has changed, please DO NOT use nCourt for payments. Please use the link above to access LexisNexis.
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