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1214.1.  (a) In addition to any other penalty in infraction,
misdemeanor, or felony cases, the court may impose a civil assessment
of up to three hundred dollars ($300) against any defendant who
fails, after notice and without good cause, to appear in court for
any proceeding authorized by law or who fails to pay all or any
portion of a fine ordered by the court or to pay an installment of
bail as agreed to under Section 40510.5 of the Vehicle Code. This
assessment shall be deposited in the Trial Court Trust Fund, as
provided in Section 68085.1 of the Government Code.
   (b) The assessment shall not become effective until at least 10
calendar days after the court mails a warning notice to the defendant
by first-class mail to the address shown on the notice to appear or
to the defendant's last known address. If the defendant appears
within the time specified in the notice and shows good cause for the
failure to appear or for the failure to pay a fine or installment of
bail, the court shall vacate the assessment.
   (c) If a civil assessment is imposed under this section, no bench
warrant or warrant of arrest shall be issued with respect to the
failure to appear at the proceeding for which the assessment is
imposed or the failure to pay the fine or installment of bail. An
outstanding, unserved bench warrant or warrant of arrest for a
failure to appear or for a failure to pay a fine or installment of
bail shall be recalled prior to the subsequent imposition of a civil
assessment.
   (d) The assessment imposed under subdivision (a) shall be subject
to the due process requirements governing defense and collection of
civil money judgments generally.
   (e) Each court and county shall maintain the collection program
that was in effect on July 1, 2005, unless otherwise agreed to by the
court and county. If a court and a county do not agree on a plan for
the collection of civil assessments imposed pursuant to this
section, or any other collections under Section 1463.010, after the
implementation of Sections 68085.6 and 68085.7 of the Government
Code, the court or the county may request arbitration by a third
party mutually agreed upon by the Administrative Director of the
Courts and the California State Association of Counties.

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