Expect higher court fees

RALEIGH The new fees went into effect Tuesday. State legislators decided last month to collect more to balance the state budget. Higher justice and public safety fees are expected to generate an extra $47 million this year.

Marriage licenses now cost $60, which is up from $50. The additional $10 goes to domestic violence prevention programs.

The penalty for failing to appear for a court date doubled from $100 to $200. The base fee for filing a foreclosure is now $150, up from $75.

Other changes affect criminal record checks, seat belt violations, paying criminal monetary judgments by installment, and carrying out community service.

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