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Citations can now be paid by phone, on Web

Recipients of payable citations due to Stevens, Big Stone, Grant, Pope, Traverse and Wilkin district courts can now pay the fines via an automated phone system or online using a credit card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The counties of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Renville, Swift and Yellow Medicine made the transitioned to this new service earlier. The payment service is only available for citations that do not require a court appearance.

Payments can be made by calling toll-free at (800) 657-3611. Payment can also be made through the Judicial Branch website A convenience fee will be charged for each payment made by phone or Web. Payments may still be made in person at the courthouse or by mail.

The service is being rolled out statewide over a two year period as part of a Judicial Branch effort to reduce costs and improve service to the public. Under the project, the processing of about one million payable citations each year is being transitioned from local courthouses to a centralized Court Payment Center. The project also includes creation of a statewide call center to answer questions and direct callers to the appropriate location if a court appearance or other action is required.