District courts announce amnesty program

An amnesty program on outstanding misdemeanor warrants has been announced by Jefferson County District Court and Pine Bluff District Court. The program will begin Monday and continue until the close of business on March 17.

“We try to do this every year around tax time,” Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth said. “This benefits the defendants and it also benefits the courts because we are able to clear our some of our outstanding warrants.”

Bridgforth said people who appear before her in Jefferson County District Court or before Judge John Kearney in Pine Bluff District Court with outstanding warrants will be allowed to pay fines for the underlying charges, and the warrant for failure to appear will be dismissed.

“They will be able to save between $240 and $810, depending on what the warrant was for,” Bridgforth said. “It’s a win-win situation for both the defendants and the courts.”

In addition to the warrants being dismissed, driver’s license suspensions that resulted from the issuance of the warrants will be released, and defendants will be given a release they can take to the Arkansas Revenue Office and get their license reinstated after paying the mandatory fees.

“This has been successful in the past and we feel like it will be successful this time,” Bridgforth said.

For more information, go to the District Court building or call Jefferson County District Court at 541-4646 or Pine Bluff District Court at 850-7584.