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  • Warrant resolution court set for Jan. 24

    Jan 23, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Consolidated Justice Court, located at 240 N. Stone Avenue, will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to hold a fifth Warrant Resolution Court. Judges Maria Felix and Keith Bee will be holding court with an emphasis on assisting people with outstanding warrants and suspended driver’s licenses to resolve pending legal issues on a walk-in basis.  
     
    courtSince the inception of this program, the court has held two Saturday events and four evening events.  The result of these events has greatly exceeded the expectation of the court and clearly demonstrates the need to continue to hold events such as these during non-traditional business hours.
     
    To date, these events have been attended by more than 2,700 persons where 470 warrants have been quashed, 461 driver’s license suspensions have been lifted, 569 courtroom hearings have been held, and 1,391 individuals obtained information and were assisted by court staff in resolving outstanding issues.    

    Many participants have expressed a reluctance to attend court for fear of possible arrest due to an outstanding warrant.  “Since we started last year, 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.  

    Justice Court will have two courtrooms open where Judges Felix and Bee will hear cases until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. 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.

    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.