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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 support cases.

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 courthouse.

A review of the period from September-December by Support Enforcement Services has shown the following:

  • 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.


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