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Bill Detail: SB22-018

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Title Expand Court Reminder Program
Status Governor Signed (05/19/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors A. Benavidez (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/12/2022
Summary

Under existing law, the court reminder program (program)
provides 2 text message reminders to criminal defendants and juveniles
who have been alleged to have committed a delinquent act (collectively,
defendants) to appear at each of their scheduled court appearances. The
defendants must enroll in the program and provide a telephone number
specifically for the purposes of the program.
The bill requires every defendant to be automatically enrolled in
the program and allows a defendant to opt out of the program. The bill

clarifies that defendants alleged to have committed traffic offenses are
enrolled in the program. The bill requires the program to use the best
contact information available to the courts. The bill requires the program
to provide at least 3 reminders, including one reminder the day before the
court appearance, and, for court appearances that can be attended
virtually, the final reminder must include a link to the virtual court
appearance. The program must send reminders by text message, but may
use another method if a defendant is unable to receive text messages.
The program is required to track the number of defendants that opt
out of the program and to implement or recommend changes to improve
participation. The judicial department is required to report information
regarding reminders sent by methods other than text message.
Because defendants are automatically enrolled in the program, the
bill repeals provisions related to notifying defendants of the opportunity
to enroll in the program.

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