The Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has ruled that drivers fighting traffic tickets are still liable for fees, even if the tickets are thrown out:
The high court saw no injustice in collecting $70 from Ralph C. Sullivan after he successfully fought a $100 ticket for failure to stay within a marked lane.
Bay State drivers given speeding tickets and other moving violations have twenty days either to pay up or make a non-refundable $20 payment to appeal to a clerk-magistrate. After that, further challenge to a district court judge can be had for a non-refundable payment of $50. Sullivan argued that motorists were being forced to pay “fees” not assessed on other types of violations, including drug possession. He argued this was a violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection clause, but the high court justices found this to be reasonable.
Which of course has nothing to do with this:
Last year, the fees for the clerk-magistrate hearings generated $3,678,620 in revenue for the courts.
Sullivan says he does not plan to appeal to SCOTUS.