The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 2, 2011

Court amnesty day in offing

JOPLIN, Mo. — You know who you are.

And the city of Joplin wants you to know you might be eligible for some planned deep discounts.

Joplin Municipal Court has designated Friday as an amnesty day.

Arrests and additional fees for warrants and failure to appear in court will be waived for anyone who attends to outstanding municipal violations then. Amnesty for the fees will be granted on city warrants from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the court at 303 E. Third St.

“The city understands that someone may have missed a court date or let a ticket lapse,” said Rebecca Diederich, court administrator, in a written statement. “Hosting an amnesty day allows people the opportunity to take care of cases without the fear of being arrested. It’s a way to work within their budget and be productive for both the citizens we serve and the city.”

When the city acts on outstanding warrants, the state takes action to suspend the driver’s licenses of those wanted in the warrants.

Diederich said the court will lift those suspensions during the amnesty day.

In addition to the plan for reaching agreements and resolving outstanding warrants, representatives of various social service agencies will be on hand to outline programs that are available to people in need of assistance.



Need to check?

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO CHECK to see whether they are named in any outstanding warrants may call 417-623-3131, ext. 230, or check online at www.joplinpolice.org.

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