Imposition of "court facilities" fee on each conviction for committing lewd acts upon a child
People v. Cortez, G042891, concerned a challenge to the trial court's imposition of a $30 "court facilities" fee on each of defendant's convictions in six counts of committing lewd acts upon a child.
In affirming, the court held that, because the scope of section 70373 can be logically construed in only one way - as applying to all criminal convictions, including traffic offenses under the Vehicle Code - the trial court did not err in concluding it applied to defendant's convictions for sex offenses. Further, because section 70373 is not a punitive statute, either in intent or operation, the imposition of the court facilities fee mandated therein could not constitute a violation of ex post facto principles in this case.
- Read Full Decision in People v. Cortez, G042891