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History
 
The General Assembly established the Worthless Check program in 1997 in Columbus, Durham and Rockingham counties as a way to collect worthless check payments in a more timely manner, alleviate the need to prosecute each worthless check case and provide an opportunity for the worthless check writer to avoid criminal prosecution. It was expanded to Wake County in 1998 and then to Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties in 1999. Legislation in 2003 authorized the Administrative Office of the Courts to expand the bad check program to "any prosecutorial district where economically feasible" (if requested by the District Attorney). The Worthless Check Program is self-funded from the fees collected. See Existing Programs to determine which counties are currently established and see Expansion Programs to see where the program will be implemented.
 
 
 
   
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