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October 7, 2012

Joplin Municipal Court to hold amnesty day

JOPLIN, Mo. — An amnesty day will be held this month in Joplin Municipal Court to give people an opportunity to clear up outstanding warrants.

Fees on outstanding city warrants and charges of failure to appear will be waived from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, for anyone who voluntarily appears.

“The city understands that someone may have missed a court date or let a ticket lapse,” said Lamonte Ratcliff, court administrator, in a 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.”

Clearing up an outstanding warrant also will reinstate a person’s driver’s license, which is suspended when a warrant goes unheeded.

“Providing assistance with license suspensions can be very beneficial for the citizen, and is offered to give additional support to those participating in the Amnesty Day,” the statement said.

Those who want to find out if they have an outstanding warrant may call 417-623-3131, ext. 230. People also may check on the municipal court website at www.joplinmo.org/warrants

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