Open Court Days replace warrant roundup

Feb. 11, 2018 at 9:27 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Jennifer Sourdellia

Does the city conduct a warrant roundup each year? How can I find out if I'm on the list?

The city's Municipal Court normally participates in the Great Texas Warrant Round Up each year, but with the court's recent debut of the Warrant Resolution Docket for Defendants, the Warrant Round Up will not be held this year.

Instead, Municipal Court recently began conducting an Open Court Day at 1 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. People with an active warrant and pending arrest can go to an Open Court Day and avoid being arrested for outstanding warrants. Residents will not be arrested or detained during Open Court Day. No appointment is needed, but defendants must check in by 1 p.m. on the following dates to secure a place on the docket:

Feb. 26, March 1, March 26, April 23 and May 21.

On Open Court Days, residents may come in and speak to the judge about any changes in their situation or any arising issues regarding citations or citation agreements. The judge will reconsider any warrant(s) and revisit each financial situation. Residents may be approved for a second chance opportunity to dispose of fines and fees.

If defendants are assessed fines and court costs due to a citation and are unable to pay in full, they may appear at a court docket to bring the matter to the attention of the judge. If they have insufficient resources or income to pay, the court can provide other ways to discharge the fine and court costs to avoid arrest.

In cases of severe financial hardship, the judge has the authority to decrease the fine or number of community service hours required depending on the severity of the defendant's financial situation.

Defendants who do not come in voluntarily to take care of their warrants are subject to arrest in any public place and their place of employment. Defendants who are arrested will be transported and booked into the Victoria County Jail.

To find out if you are on the warrant list and if there is a warrant out for your arrest, stop by the Municipal Court or look online at www.covcourt.com. You can also call 361-485-3050. They can tell you if you are on the warrant list.

The court would like to assist the community in understanding the full process of successfully handling your traffic citations to avoid warrants.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.


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