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New Hanover County courthouse launches online payment system

(Source: Raycom Media)
(Source: Raycom Media)
Published: Apr. 7, 2016 at 5:50 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County residents can say "good-bye" to standing in line to pay probation-related costs, fines and fees, thanks to a new online payment system.

The Online Collections and Payment program, also known as OCAP, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for supervised and unsupervised probationers to settle their payment without ever stepping through the courthouse door. All that's needed is an internet connection, a case number, and a credit card.

Jan Kennedy, New Hanover County's Clerk of Superior Court, said the system provides immediate convenience to citizens, and frees up limited parking and space for courthouse staff.

"If you come down here on any given day and you look at the traffic of the public trying to come down here and pay fines and fees, anytime, there's a line," Kennedy said. "[With OCAP] you won't have to fight with driving down here or coming through the security system, or taking time off from work."

In fiscal year 2014-2015, North Carolina courts processed probation payments totaling more than $14.2 million. Kennedy said any given week, they could see up to one thousand people come in to pay fines.

According to Kennedy, the General Assembly chose New Hanover County to be the first pilot program in the state on February 1. After seeing its immediate success, Wake and Chatham counties launched the system too.

To access OCAP, click here.

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