COURT RECORDS: CRIMINAL
The Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of the County of Lee handles all felony cases, misdemeanor cases originating by Grand Jury action, as well as misdemeanor appeals from the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts.
Traffic infractions are handled by the General District Court, which is a separate entity with its own Clerk’s Office. Only when traffic cases are appealed from the General District or Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court do they fall under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. Therefore, before contacting the Circuit Court to inquire about the status of a traffic infraction case or pre-payment of a traffic fine, it is important to ascertain beforehand which Court has jurisdiction. This will prevent any unnecessary delay in processing. Unlike the District Courts that have separate traffic dockets, the Circuit Court integrates traffic infraction appeals into its criminal docket.
Criminal Case Court Costs, Fines, And Payment Information
The Criminal Division accepts payment for criminal fines by cash, personal check, VISA or MasterCard credit/debit card. A convenience fee of 4% will be assessed for all credit and debit payments. When paying by personal check, checks should be made payable to Clerk, Lee County Circuit Court. Money orders, certified checks and cashier’s checks are also acceptable methods of payment. Guidelines for deferred or installment payment agreements click
Credit card payments can be made by calling the Clerk’s Office at (276) 347-7763 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. There is 4% for all credit card transactions (Visa and Master Card only).
Payments sent by mail to:
Lee County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Attention: Criminal Division
P. O. Box 326
You must identify the account (case number and defendant name) to which payment should be credited. This information is important if there are multiple accounts for the same defendant.
Payments are made at the Criminal Division office on the second floor of the courthouse between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Information about Court Fines & Costs
Fines and/or court costs are assessed against individuals convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or traffic infraction. Fines and court costs are due when imposed unless the defendant enters into a payment plan agreement approved by the court.
Payment plans are signed at the Criminal Division office in the Clerk’s Office.
Judgment for the amount of fines and costs is entered against the defendant and interest accrues on the balance due date. Judgments are docketed in the Judgment Lien Docket Book in the Clerk’s Office.
Individuals who do not promptly pay fines and court costs when due may be subject to the following:
Unpaid fines and court costs are reported to the Department of Taxation for Set-off Debt Collection.
o After proper notice, any tax refund or lottery proceeds due the defendant will be sent to the Clerk's Office to pay off the debt.
Unpaid fines and court costs are reported to the Department of Taxation, which acts as debt collector for the Circuit Court.
Notice of any unpaid fines and/or court costs is sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will suspend the defendant's operator's license if payment is not made.