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New Mexico judiciary endorses elimination of some court fees

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s judiciary has endorsed the elimination of court fees linked to traffic violations and some misdemeanor criminal cases that can have a disproportionate impact on the poor. State courts division director Jason Clack told a panel of legislators Thursday that endorsement is contingent upon replacing income from court fees with taxpayer dollars from the state general fund. A variety of court fees have been eliminated in states including Michigan, Mississippi, Wisconsin and California