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Section 3 of chapter 90C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph of clause (A)(4) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
A violator may contest responsibility for the infraction by making a signed request for a noncriminal hearing on the citation and mailing such citation, together with a $25 court filing fee, to the registrar at the address indicated on the citation within 20 days of the citation. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the registrar, in cooperation with the state comptroller, upon receipt of the $25 court filing fee, shall cause the court filing fee to be transferred to the trial court department; provided, however, that the registrar may periodically retain an amount necessary to pay refunds of said fees for dispositions that result in findings of not responsible; and provided further that the registrar may retain an amount not greater than $200,000 annually for personnel costs associated with the processing of those filing fees.
This section and the subsequent section will facilitate the refund of the court filing fee that is paid when a motorist contests responsibility for a civil motor vehicle infraction, if the motorist is ultimately found not responsible after a clerk magistrate's hearing.
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