What We Do
- Locate individuals who are more than 90 days past due on payments of fines, costs and restitution in criminal cases.
- Make formal demands on the debtor for payment.
- Attempt to get the debtors back into voluntary compliance with the court’s orders.
- Use available means, both criminal and civil, to enforce the court’s original sentencing or cost order.
The Restitution Recovery Unit employs the latest available technology, both in the law enforcement community and the public sector, to locate individuals who are delinquent in their obligations to Morgan County’s courts. We also have the investigative support of the District Attorney’s Investigator.
Automated Collections Process
Debtor accounts are generated, monitored and archived electronically by RCS, our automated collection software. This process insures that accounts are routinely reviewed and updated.
Flexible Payment Plans
Debtors are permitted to make scheduled installment payments and are even allowed to pay by credit card, an option not available in most court clerk’s offices.
The unit is self-funding and receives no special funding from the State of Alabama for its operation. The unit operates from funds generated by a collection fee, established by law, that is charged to delinquent debtors, preventing taxpayers from having to foot the bill for the collection process.
We currently receive cases from the following court clerks located in Morgan County:
- Hon. John Pat Orr
Circuit Clerk of Morgan County, AL
- Hon. Jessica Hayes
Municipal Clerk of the City of Decatur, AL
Making Restitution Payments to the Unit
- CLICK HERE TO PAY RESTITUTION ONLINE.
- CALL TOLL-FREE (877-748-6252) TO SPEAK WITH A LIVE, BILINGUAL AGENT*
*Phone Hours: Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm I Sat & Sun, 9am-6pm ESTNote: There is a service fee charged by a third-party company, nCourt, to cover the cost of these convenient and secure payment services.
Making payments to the Restitution Recovery Unit involves the following steps:
- Unless you are currently incarcerated, you must visit the Restitution Recovery Unit in person to execute an agreement before we can accept your payments.
- If you are incarcerated, payments will be accepted without an agreement until you are released. Upon release, you must report to the Restitution Recovery Unit to execute an agreement.
- You should bring any letters that you have received from us stating your case numbers and balances due.
- You should bring an official government issued photo I.D., preferably a driver’s license.
- You should bring financial information documenting both income and expenses.
- You will be required to provide your name, address, social security number, telephone number, vehicle tag and driver’s license number.
- You may be photographed and thumb printed for identification purposes.
- We accept cash, exact amounts only, Visa or MasterCard, cashier’s checks or money orders. No personal checks are accepted.
- You will be required to update any changes in your address and telephone number, employment information and financial status with each payment.
- Subsequent payments may be made by mail. Payments made by mail must be either cashier’s checks or money orders.