§ 8-8.2-3. Collection authority Contempt.
(a) A judge or magistrate shall have the authority to enforce the judgments of the tribunal as authorized by law. The procedure for the collection of costs and fines shall generally follow the course of the collection of civil judgments pursuant to chapters 17 and 28 of title 9 to the extent applicable. A judge or magistrate shall not issue a body attachment for any judgment entered prior to the effective date of this section. All peace officers authorized by the law shall exercise the powers of a constable for purposes of making service of any writ or notice issued by the traffic tribunal pursuant to this collection procedure, including the execution of a body attachment. In the event that a body attachment is executed, the detainee must be brought before a judge or magistrate, or if the traffic tribunal is not in session before a justice of the peace authorized pursuant to § 12-10-2 immediately upon detention or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practicable. The amount of fees and fines due to the traffic tribunal shall be noted on a body attchment issued pursuant to this procedure, and a justice of the peace shall accept said monies and order the release of the detainee if the amount due is tendered. If the detainee claims an inability to pay the full amount due, the justice of the peace shall order the release of the detainee pursuant to reasonable bail. The chief magistrate of the traffic tribunal shall issue rules and regulations for the collection process consistent with this section.
(b) A judge or magistrate of the traffic tribunal may adjudicate a person in willful contempt and order him or her fined up to a maximum of five hundred dollars ($500) for each separate offense. Provided further that, if the judge or magistrate determines that the person is unable to pay the fine or judgment, he or she may order partial payments or establish a payment schedule for the payment of the fine or judgment.
(P.L. 1999, ch. 218, art. 4, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 3, § 8.)