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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
- 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.