A new Web site just opened will allow for the payment of certain circuit and district court fines and fees via the Internet. All you need is a personal computer and Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.

Circuit Court Clerk Robert Bates announced the creation of a Cullman County Circuit and District Clerk's Office Web page at http://32jc.alacourt.gov/clerk/home.aspx. The Web site was established compliments of the Administrative Office of Courts in Montgomery.

At the touch of a mouse or key pad, PC users will be able to browse a myriad of information including filing fees, jury information, passport information, absentee voting guidelines, directions to the courthouse for out-of-town attorneys and more.

"I particularly like the fact that people will be able to access the site and look at filing fees and jury information for those summoned for jury duty," said Circuit Court Judge Don Hardeman. "There is also a jury handbook on the site which answers a lot of the common questions jurors have. There is also an explanation of the various divisions of the court and their functions as well as a lot of other information that should prove helpful."

District Court Clerk Mitzi Black said the site will hopefully reduce the number of people attending traffic court because they will be able to pay their state and district fines on-line with a credit or debit card.

"Alapay is great and a lot of people are using it instead of having to take time off from work to come to court," Black said. "It saves them a trip to our office and they know immediately the fine has been paid. Because they can make a payment online they won't have to worry about whether their payment made it to our office on time. I think it's great."

The new Internet site won't mean less work for the clerks in the circuit and district court clerk's offices, but it will hopefully reduce the number of defendants in court on any given docket day.

"Traffic court these days is standing room only, so anything that will help reduce those numbers by giving the people the option of paying their fines on-line is welcomed," Black said.

The only drawback to the Web site is the fact that it can only be accessed with PCs running Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. Browsers like Firefox and Mozilla are excluded from accessing the site.

For more information about the Web site, contact Robert Bates in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 775-4654.

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