Fee Increase Extended for
Service of Capias Orders in Child Support Cases
Chief Court Administrator William J.
Lavery has extended to July 1, 2007, the doubling of fees paid
to state marshals for execution of capias orders in child
A capias is a civil arrest
warrant used to bring a person physically into court to respond
to a specific case or claim. In these cases, a parent has failed
to respond to a court summons to answer why he or she has not
paid the child support due their children.
“Our Support Enforcement Services
unit reports that from September 2006 – when the increase took
effect – to December, the state marshals have more than doubled
their productivity over the prior year,” Judge Lavery said.
“That means more children are getting the money that they
deserve and need.”
There currently are about 3,700
outstanding capias orders statewide, according to Charisse E.
Hutton, director of Support Enforcement Services.
Since the increase took effect on
Sept. 1, 2006, two marshals serving a capias earn $480, up from
$240. A single marshal serving a capias is paid $240, up from
$120. State marshals are paid $150, up from $75, for serving
capias orders on persons at secure facilities, such as a
A review of the period from
September-December by Support Enforcement Services has shown the
- Child support has been
collected on 71 percent of the cases associated with the
executed capias orders, which means money for families who
otherwise would have received none;
- Child support collections
are averaging nearly $1,500 for each paying case during
those four months;
- About 94 percent of the
child support collected from these cases has been
distributed to families and directly benefited them.
For further information, please
contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications,
Connecticut Judicial Branch, at 860-757-2270.