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  • Justice Court plans evening warrant resolution event

    Dec 01, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Consolidated Justice Court, located at 240 N. Stone Avenue, will be staying open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 to hold a fifth Warrant Resolution Court. 

    warrantThe Warrant Resolution Court is intended as an easy way for people with outstanding warrants and suspended driver’s licenses to resolve pending legal issues on a walk-in basis.   

    Justice Court will have two courtrooms open where judges will hear cases until 7 p.m. The Pima County Attorney’s Office and Pima County Office of Court Appointed Counsel will have attorneys in each courtroom to facilitate the resolution of these outstanding warrants.

    This event is intended for those with cases in Pima County Consolidated Justice Court.  People unsure whether their matter is before the Pima County Consolidated Court or another court should call the court at 724-3171 in advance of the event.

    Since the inception of this program in June, the court has held two Saturday events and two evening events.  The result of these events has greatly exceeded the expectation of the court.  The fact that attendance has been higher at each event clearly demonstrates the need to continue to hold warrant resolution events such as these during non-traditional business hours.  

    Nearly 2,4000 people have attended the four previous court events. During these events, 395 warrants have been quashed, 420 driver’s license suspensions have been lifted, 511 courtroom hearings have been held, and an additional 1,236 individuals obtained information and services from court staff that assisted them in resolving outstanding issues.    

    Many participants have expressed a reluctance to attend court for fear of possible arrest due to an outstanding warrant.  “It is not the intent of these events to create additional difficulties for citizens seeking to resolve outstanding issues.  In the four events held to date, no one has been arrested. Everyone with a warrant who was willing to actively work toward resolving their case, had their warrants quashed," said Pima County Consolidated Justice Court Administrator Douglas Kooi. 

    The Pima County Consolidated Justice Court has approximately 19,000 active warrants issued from 31 different agencies, some dating as far back as 1988.

    Most of these outstanding warrants are for failure to appear in court on prior charges or for non-compliance with court sentencing orders. Outstanding warrants result in the suspension of a person’s driver’s license and the Warrant Resolution Court will be an opportunity to quash these warrants, lift suspensions, and have driver’s licenses reinstated by the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicles Division. 

    For those who owe court fees and fines, there will be service windows open to quickly and easily resolve these matters by setting up payment plans or re-establishing a payment plan already in place.  

    Court officials hope the community sees this event as an opportunity for people who work, go to school, or have any other week-day issues to address their warrant status without interruption in their weekday schedule.  

    Although walk-ins are welcome, those who want to resolve outstanding warrants are encouraged to call the court in advance to ensure prompt resolution.  Individuals with warrants or driver’s license suspensions issued from Pima County Justice Court should call (520) 724-3171.  

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