- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - About $7.2 million in fines have gone uncollected from the Lauderdale County Justice Court, and the county is using an outside contractor to help retrieve the owed money.

Justice Court Clerk Darlene Jones says the owed fines, which date back to the court’s founding in 1984, includes people who never appeared in court or who were just passing through the county.

The county currently has $455,000 in outstanding partial payments that officials are working to retrieve.

Lauderdale County contracts with Specialized Management Services, a collection agency which attempts to track down outstanding fines. Last year, the county was able to collect $1.6 million through the county’s two constables and Specialized Management Services.

Because unpaid fines often result in outstanding warrants or suspended driver’s licenses, officials encourage anyone who owes money to contact the Lauderdale County Justice Court.

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