SPRINGFIELD – People who owe fees in criminal cases can now skip a trip to the courthouse and can pay online with ePay, the Massachusetts Trial Court’s new on-line payment system.
The ePay system will be rolled out in courts statewide through June 2018.
“The advantage and convenience by which people may pay court-related payments online is both obvious and welcome,” said John Gay, Springfield District Court clerk magistrate. “ePay allows for a less disruptive and more convenient method in paying fees and obviates the former necessity of appearing in the courthouse.”
The move to electric payments also shows the court’s commitment to improved access to justice initiatives as outlined in a strategic plan, he said.
Court users can pay probation fees, victim witness fees and most other criminal assessments with ePay. Use of ePay via PayPal or a credit card will include a small convenience fee that goes to processing, he said.
Currently 75 percent of the 298,000 criminal case payments make in trial courts across the state are made in person by check or cash. The ePay system should shorten lines at local courthouses.