Q: Has a new court fee been created to fund victims of domestic violence programs?

A: Yes. House Bill 989, effective July 1, 2009, revised Section 83-39-31 to create a new assessment of $10.00 when a defendant is convicted and posted a cash, surety, property or guaranteed bond. This assessment is not collected on other types of bonds. Also, there is also no provision for this fee to be collected in advance when a cash (or any other type) bond is posted. The settlement code to the state is expected to be VBF (Victim's Bond Fee).