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May 20, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
The Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court and the Maricopa Municipal Court at 19955 Wilson Ave. will have a special court day on Saturday, May 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant from either court may come to court on this day. The courts will quash the warrant and enter new compliance orders.
“Failing to appear for a scheduled court date can have severe consequences including higher fines, arrest warrant issuance and revoked driving privileges,” said Justice of the Peace Lyle Riggs. “This is an effort to help bring folks into compliance.”
Anyone coming to court on May 20 must be prepared to comply with court orders going forward, which may include making payments on fines, and completing court ordered counseling. The courts may not resolve a case completely that day, but they will provide a path to compliance and resolution of the case, and eliminate the risk of being arrested on an outstanding warrant.
On an on-going basis, the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court and Maricopa Municipal Court have walk-in court Mondays-Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Anyone who has failed to appear or is not in compliance with a prior court order may come to court any Monday-Friday morning, appear before a judge, and get new orders. Anyone wanting to appear must be in the courthouse before 8:30 a.m.
A party that knows in advance that it cannot attend a scheduled court date may file, in person at the courthouse or by mail (not by fax), a written request for a new court date (a motion to continue). The motion to continue must explain why the party cannot attend. The courts are very likely to grant a first request. Subsequent requests are less likely to be granted, but for very good reasons could be granted as well.
These requests must be filed as soon as possible, but at least seven to ten days before the scheduled appearance. A party is not excused from attending the scheduled date until it receives an order from the court giving a new date. That is why it is important to make the request as soon as possible.
“For anyone who has already missed a court date or failed to comply with court please come to court,” advises Judge Riggs. “This will minimize the consequences and create a path to compliance.”