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Indiana 2010 Ind. Op. Att'y Gen. No. 1 (May 12, 2010) Re: Civil Forfeitures and the Common School Fund Other applicable opinions Civil forfeitures are not committed to the common school funds like criminal fines and fees under the state constitution
It is our opinion that Article 8, § 2 of the state constitution does not apply to forfeiture actions brought under Ind. Code ch. 34-24-1. Article 8 of the Indiana
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Constitution provides for the funding of the common school fund, part of which is derived “from the fines assessed for breaches of the penal laws of the State; and from all forfeitures which may accrue.” Art. 8, § 2. A proceeding under Indiana's forfeiture law is civil in nature, and it is only fines and forfeitures from criminal proceedings that must be paid into the common school fund.
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