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DIVISION 3. PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS GENERALLY [5000 - 9998.11]

  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 5. Law Libraries [6300 - 6363]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 452. )

ARTICLE 2. Law Library Funds [6320 - 6326]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 452. )

6320.
  

All money collected for the law library in each county, must be deposited with the treasurer of the county, who must keep the same separate and apart in a trust fund or trust account, to be disbursed by the board of law library trustees. Money may be disbursed only as in this chapter provided, and only for the purposes herein authorized.

Whenever a law library and a board of trustees to govern the same, is in existence under the provisions of any law, other than the law superseded by this chapter, in any county, or city and county, in this State, money so collected shall be paid into the hands of those, and in the manner, provided by such law.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 396.)

6321.
  

(a) On and after January 1, 2006, as described in Section 68085.1 of the Government Code, the Administrative Office of the Courts shall make monthly distributions from superior court filing fees to the law library fund in each county in the amounts described in this section and Section 6322.1. From each first paper filing fee as provided under Section 70611, 70612, 70613, 70614, or 70670 of the Government Code, each first paper or petition filing fee in a probate matter as provided under Section 70650, 70651, 70652, 70653, 70654, 70655, 70656, or 70658 of the Government Code, Section 103470 of the Health and Safety Code, or Section 7660 of the Probate Code, each filing fee for a small claim or limited civil case appeal as provided under Section 116.760 of the Code of Civil Procedure or Section 70621 of the Government Code, and each vehicle forfeiture petition fee as provided under subdivision (e) of Section 14607.6 of the Vehicle Code, that is collected in each of the following counties, the amount indicated in this subdivision shall be paid to the law library fund in that county:

Jurisdiction

Amount

Alameda ........................

$37.00

Alpine ........................

4.00

Amador ........................

20.00

Butte ........................

35.00

Calaveras ........................

32.00

Colusa ........................

17.00

Contra Costa ........................

35.00

Del Norte ........................

20.00

El Dorado ........................

29.00

Fresno ........................

37.00

Glenn ........................

20.00

Humboldt ........................

40.00

Imperial ........................

20.00

Inyo ........................

29.00

Kern ........................

27.00

Kings ........................

29.00

Lake ........................

23.00

Lassen ........................

28.00

Los Angeles ........................

24.00

Madera ........................

32.00

Marin ........................

32.00

Mariposa ........................

27.00

Mendocino ........................

35.00

Merced ........................

29.00

Modoc ........................

20.00

Mono ........................

20.00

Monterey ........................

31.00

Napa ........................

23.00

Nevada ........................

29.00

Orange ........................

35.00

Placer ........................

35.00

Plumas ........................

23.00

Riverside ........................

32.00

Sacramento ........................

50.00

San Benito ........................

26.00

San Bernardino ........................

29.00

San Diego ........................

38.00

San Francisco ........................

42.00

San Joaquin ........................

29.00

San Luis Obispo ........................

34.00

San Mateo ........................

38.50

Santa Barbara ........................

41.00

Santa Clara ........................

26.00

Santa Cruz ........................

35.00

Shasta ........................

26.00

Sierra ........................

20.00

Siskiyou ........................

26.00

Solano ........................

29.00

Sonoma ........................

35.00

Stanislaus ........................

24.00

Sutter ........................

7.00

Tehama ........................

23.00

Trinity ........................

20.00

Tulare ........................

35.00

Tuolumne ........................

20.00

Ventura ........................

32.00

Yolo ........................

35.00

Yuba ........................

10.00

(b) If a board of supervisors in any county acted before January 1, 2006, to increase the law library fee in that county effective January 1, 2006, the amount distributed to the law library fund in that county under subdivision (a) shall be increased by the amount that the board of supervisors acted to increase the fee, up to three dollars ($3). Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 6322.1, as it read on January 1, 2005, the maximum increase permitted under this subdivision in Los Angeles County is three dollars ($3), rather than two dollars ($2).

(c) The amounts of twenty-three dollars ($23) for Inyo County, twenty-nine dollars ($29) for Mendocino County, twenty-three dollars ($23) for Plumas County, and twenty-three dollars ($23) for San Benito County listed in subdivision (a) shall apply to distributions made under subdivision (a) beginning January 1, 2006.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.4. (SB 113) Effective January 1, 2010.)

6322.
  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that the change in the method of distributing funds to law libraries from fees collected by the superior courts under the Uniform Civil Fees and Standard Fee Schedule Act of 2005 will not result in undue financial hardship for any law library. On and after January 1, 2006, any law library that experiences undue financial hardship from the change in the method of distributing funding to law libraries may request a one-time advance from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Administrative Office of the Courts shall provide the advance within 15 days after the request is received, but no earlier than February 1, 2006, if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The law library board of trustees certifies that the law library is experiencing financial hardship caused by an increase in the time between collection of a fee by the court and the receipt of the money by the law library fund resulting from the implementation of the new distribution method for money received from superior court filing fees.

(2) The law library board of trustees certifies that the law library is operating under this chapter.

(3) The Administrative Office of the Courts receives the request on or before February 15, 2006.

(b) The amount of the advance shall be equal to one-twelfth of the law library’s total receipts from superior court fees for the 2003-04 fiscal year.

(c) The funding for the advance shall be provided from amounts deposited into the bank account established by the Administrative Office of the Courts under subdivision (b) of Section 68085.1 of the Government Code. The advance shall be returned within 30 days if a law library ceases to operate or the responsibility for the law library is transferred from the law library board of trustees.

(Repealed (in Sec. 8) and added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 9. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

6322.1.
  

(a) Until the end of the moratorium described in Section 70601 of the Government Code, the board of supervisors of any county may increase, as provided in this section, the amount distributed to its county law library fund from the uniform filing fees listed in Section 6321 whenever it determines that the increase is necessary to defray the expenses of the law library.

Any increase in the amount distributed to the law library fund in any county under this subdivision shall not be effective until January 1 of the next year after the adoption by the board of supervisors of the increase. The amount of the increase in any calendar year shall be no greater than three dollars ($3) over the previous calendar year. A copy of the action of the board of supervisors that establishes the increase shall be provided to the Administrative Office of the Courts as soon as it becomes available but no later than December 15 of the year before the increased distribution goes into effect.

(b) Distribution changes after January 1, 2008, shall be determined by the process described in Section 70601 of the Government Code.

(c) (1) In an action or proceeding in which a claim for money damages falls within the monetary jurisdiction of the small claims court and is filed by an assignee who is prohibited from filing or maintaining a claim pursuant to Section 116.420 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the uniform filing fee shall be reduced by twenty-four dollars ($24) to one hundred eighty-one dollars ($181) if the complaint contains a declaration under penalty of perjury, executed by the party requesting the reduction in fees, that the case qualifies for the lower fee because the claim for money damages will not exceed the monetary jurisdiction of small claims court and is filed by an assignee of the claim.

(2) When the uniform filing fee is reduced as provided under this subdivision, the amount distributed from each uniform filing fee to the law library fund in the county shall be as follows:

Jurisdiction

Amount

Alameda ........................

$12.00

Alpine ........................

1.00

Amador ........................

6.00

Butte ........................

12.00

Calaveras ........................

7.00

Colusa ........................

12.00

Contra Costa ........................

8.00

Del Norte ........................

6.00

El Dorado ........................

9.00

Fresno ........................

9.00

Glenn ........................

6.00

Humboldt ........................

12.00

Imperial ........................

12.00

Inyo ........................

6.00

Kern ........................

12.00

Kings ........................

12.00

Lake ........................

12.00

Lassen ........................

12.00

Los Angeles ........................

5.00

Madera ........................

12.00

Marin ........................

12.00

Mariposa ........................

4.00

Mendocino ........................

12.00

Merced ........................

12.00

Modoc ........................

6.00

Mono ........................

6.00

Monterey ........................

10.00

Napa ........................

12.00

Nevada ........................

7.00

Orange ........................

8.00

Placer ........................

7.00

Plumas ........................

6.00

Riverside ........................

12.00

Sacramento ........................

8.50

San Benito ........................

6.00

San Bernardino ........................

12.00

San Diego ........................

12.00

San Francisco ........................

12.00

San Joaquin ........................

10.00

San Luis Obispo ........................

12.00

San Mateo ........................

12.00

Santa Barbara ........................

12.00

Santa Clara ........................

8.00

Santa Cruz ........................

12.00

Shasta ........................

8.50

Sierra ........................

9.00

Siskiyou ........................

8.00

Solano ........................

9.00

Sonoma ........................

12.00

Stanislaus ........................

6.50

Sutter ........................

1.00

Tehama ........................

9.00

Trinity ........................

6.00

Tulare ........................

12.00

Tuolumne ........................

2.00

Ventura ........................

12.00

Yolo ........................

10.00

Yuba ........................

7.00

The increases described in subdivision (a) do not apply to the law library distributions in this subdivision.

(3) Notwithstanding subdivision (d) of Section 68085.4 of the Government Code, when the uniform filing fee is reduced as provided in this subdivision, the amounts distributed to dispute resolution programs, the State Court Facilities Construction Fund, the Judges’ Retirement Fund, children’s waiting rooms, and the Equal Access Fund shall remain as provided under subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 68085.4 of the Government Code and shall not be changed. Only the amounts distributed to the Trial Court Trust Fund, the law libraries, and the Immediate and Critical Needs Account of the State Court Facilities Construction Fund shall be adjusted. The amount distributed from each uniform filing fee under this section to the Immediate and Critical Needs Account of the State Court Facilities Construction Fund, established in Section 70371.5 of the Government Code, shall be eleven dollars ($11). If the fee is further reduced below one hundred eighty-one dollars ($181), as with a partial waiver or partial payment, the proportional reductions described in subdivision (g) of Section 68085.1 of the Government Code shall apply.

(d) Distributions under this section to the law library fund in each county shall be used only for the purposes authorized by this chapter.

(e) As used in this section and Section 6321, “law library fund” includes a law library account described in the second paragraph of Section 6320.

(f) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2013.

(Amended (as added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 720, Sec. 2) by Stats. 2011, Ch. 296, Sec. 9. (AB 1023) Effective January 1, 2012. Section operative July 1, 2013, by its own provisions.)

6324.
  

The board of supervisors may appropriate from the county treasury for law library purposes such sums as may in their discretion appear proper. When so paid into the law library fund, those sums shall constitute a part of the fund and be used for the same purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 12. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

6325.
  

The orders and demands of the trustees of the law library, when duly made and authenticated as hereinafter provided, shall be verified and audited by the auditing officer, and paid by the treasurer of the county out of the law library fund. Full entry and record shall be kept as in other cases.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 13. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

6326.
  

A revolving fund of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) may be established from money in the law library fund, by resolution of the board of law library trustees, for expenditures of not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) each for purposes for which the law library fund may lawfully be expended. The board shall prescribe the procedure by which money may be drawn from the revolving fund, the records to be kept, and the manner in which reimbursements shall be made to the revolving fund by demand and order from the law library fund. All or any part of the money in the revolving fund may be deposited in a commercial account in a bank, subject to payments of not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) each by check on the signature of the secretary or any other person or persons designated by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.5. (SB 113) Effective January 1, 2010.)

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