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ACS-Automated Complaint System

  • Court Scheduling: ACS automatically schedules for municipal court non-payable complaints. Individual complaints along with any associated complaints may be individually rescheduled or the entire court session may be rescheduled. Reports are produced for each municipal court session with a listing of each complaint to be heard. If a defendant fails to appear(FTA) for court the user can request that the complaints go to FTA status. This process is initiated by user request. The system will update the current status and produce the appropriate notices as well as assigning a new court date for the matter to be heard.
  • Bail Processing: The municipal court can issue bail for any complaint. They may issue bail as monetary (cash, check or money order), or non-monetary, such as ROR, Bond or Property. The system has the capability to transfer, forfeit, reinstate and refund bail. When bail is posted, the associated warrant is automatically recalled. There is a separate journal for the recording of bail monies. Monies recorded in the bail journal are automatically moved to the general journal through the bail forfeit and bail reinstatement functions. ACS also keeps a history record of all the bail activity for each complaint.
  • Warrants: ACS lists all active warrants. Any police officer in any municipality can view and execute any warrant. A warrant is automatically recalled, when a bail is posted, or a complaint is transferred to the prosecutor. The court has the capability to recall the warrant also. A complaint is taken off the active warrant list when it is recalled or executed. Warrants can be viewed in ACS for a particular municipality or for the entire state. ACS keeps a history of all the warrant activity for a complaint.
  • Payment Processing: ACS payment processing is very sophisticated compared to ATS. ACS handles direct one-time as well as installment payments for municipal court fees, fines, restitution and other obligations. ACS has the capability to group complaints and tickets together, total up the amount due for them and create a single payment schedule. It also keeps track of the payments until the obligation is paid in full. Monies received for municipal court obligations are distributed in priority order, posting the violent crime, restitution, and automation fees first. Under and over payments, are processed allowing for a refund in the case of an overpayment and issuing an underpayment notice in the case of an underpayment. If the municipal court judge changes a financial disposition, the system will automatically recalculate the money, backing out the prior payments and reapplying them to the new disposition amounts. Journals are produced at the end of each day for each user to balance their daily cash receipts. Monthly Cash Book Reports are produced for court reconcilement.
  • Interface to Motor Vehicle Services: Drivers License Suspensions, issuance of notices for ProposedSuspension through the Order of Driver's License Suspension are processed through the ACS MVS electronic interface. When a defendant fails to appear for a hearing or fails to pay court ordered obligations, they will receive a Proposed Suspension Notice. After a set amount of time, if the defendant does not comply with payment or appear in court, a system generated License Suspension notice will be sent to them. ACS will not generate these notices or allow the suspension if the defendant does not have a valid New Jersey drivers license. Upon the decision of the court to suspend a license the system is updated and the license will be suspended by Motor Vehicle Services.
  • Implementation: ACS has been developed to automate the processing of all criminal and non-traffic matters initiated in the Municipal Court system. ACS has been designed to complement the Automated Traffic System. Together, both systems facilitate automated court operations in municipal courts.
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