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(A) Pursuant to 705 ILCS 105/27.3a, the County Board elects to establish an automated recordkeeping system in the office of the County Circuit Clerk, and the Circuit Clerk shall commence and collect a fee of $5 upon receipt of written notice from the Chairperson of the County Board, together with a certified copy of this section, which shall be filed by the Circuit Clerk of the County in his or her office.
(B) Said fee of $5 shall be in addition to all other fees and charges of the County Circuit Clerk, and assessable as costs, and shall be remitted monthly by the said County Circuit Clerk to the County Treasurer, to be retained by said County Treasurer in a special fund designated as the Court Automation Fund.
(C) The fund shall be audited by the County Accountants and the Board shall make expenditure from the fund in the payment of any costs related to the automation of court records, provided that the expenditure is approved by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court, or his or her designate.
(D) Said $5 fee shall be paid at the time of filing the first pleading, paper, or other appearance filed by each party in all civil cases and by the defendant in felony, traffic, misdemeanor, municipal ordinance, or conservation cases; however, no additional fee shall be required if more than one party is presented in a single pleading, paper, or other appearance.
(E) Said $5 fee shall not be charged by the Clerk in any matter pertaining to change of venue case or in any proceeding to review the decision of any administrative officer, agency, or body.
(Res. 1991.01, passed 1-8-1991; Res. 1991.78, passed 12-10-1991; Res. 2010.36, passed 9-15-2010)