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  • Justice Court plans second warrant resolution event

    Sep 27, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Consolidated Justice Court will be holding a second Warrant Resolution Court Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 240 N. Stone Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

    CourtThe Warrant Resolution Court is intended as an easy way for people with outstanding warrants to resolve pending legal issues on a walk-in basis.
      
    The City of South Tucson Municipal Court also will participate. 

    The first Saturday Warrant Resolution Court event, held on June 1, 2016, was attended by over 650 people who came to the event to resolve a number of court issues. Many of these citizens left with warrants quashed and driver’s license suspensions lifted.

     “As we saw at our June event, the majority of people who come to the event with a warrant from our court will have the opportunity to have their outstanding warrant quashed,” Pima County Consolidated Justice Court Administrator Douglas Kooi said. 

    The Pima County Consolidated Justice Court has approximately 19,000 active warrants issued from 31 different agencies, some dating as far back as 1990.

    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 seven service windows open to quickly and easily resolve these matters by setting up payment plans or reestablishing a payment plan already in place.  

    Justice Court will have as many as four courtrooms open where judges will hear cases. In addition, 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.

    Judge Maria Felix, the Chief Administrative Judge for Pima County Consolidated Justice Court, stated that this event is a result of goals established from the recent grant awarded to Pima County by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge to reduce the number of non-violent, misdemeanor offenders in jail and to reduce the racial and ethnic disproportionality seen in jails.  

    She notes that the goals of this event are also consistent with the recommendations outlined recently by the Arizona Supreme Court’s Taskforce on Fair Justice for All.  

    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 issued from Pima County Justice Court should call (520) 724-3171.  

    As part of the court's commitment to being more accessible to the community, it is also moving forward on plans to hold warrant resolution court during evening hours to provide greater convenience to the public.  The first evening court will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Additional evening warrant resolution court events are planned for November 8th and December 6th.

    Joining the court for this event will be employees from community providers funded by Cenpatico Integrated Care, who will assist interested persons in applying for AHCCCS and/or enrolling in behavioral health service programs. 


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