A court in Texas recently decreed that it was within the law for the court system to ask for fees and payments from any people who use the justice system, even if they live below the poverty line or do not have the funds to pay. This is a practice that had been going on for some time, but a court recently put a stop to it, saying the poor residents did not have to pay, noting that payments would therefore bar them from being able to use the system as intended. However, another ruling has now overturned this first one, and the collections will resume.
The issue revolved in part around a few low-income families that filed for divorce. In both cases, the paperwork said that fees were going to be collected, either from the husband or the wife, but each party thought that they were excused from those fees because of their income levels.