Apr 10, 2013 9:19 AM by AP
The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury agreed unanimously to allow small claims courts in the parish's 12 Justice of the Peace districts to handle past-due utility bills.
The Advocate reports he jury acted Tuesday night after Juror Justin Cox revealed the parish had more than $1.3 million in unpaid bills for garbage and mosquito abatement services alone.
The parish's small claim courts are made up of a constable and justice of the peace for each of the parish's 12 Justice of the Peace districts.
The jury will pay the courts an $80 filing fee for each case prosecuted, along with other associated court costs.