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‘WarrantFest’ allows residents to resolve legal problems

Officials not offering amnesty or waiving fines

Spokane residents sick of having outstanding misdemeanor warrants can to go court later this week and get those legal problems fixed. However, Spokane Municipal Court officials are not offering amnesty or waiving any fines as part of “WarrantFest,” city spokeswoman Marlene Feist said.

“Typically, most warrants are for failures-to-appear or failure to set a court date,” Feist said. “The judge will have to decide how to resolve the issue, but it doesn’t mean they are waiving anything.”

Anyone with an active misdemeanor warrant filed within the city can appear in Courtroom “C” in the Superior Court Annex of the Spokane County Courthouse between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday to talk to a judge. Attorneys will be available from the city’s Public Defender’s Office to offer assistance, Feist said.

Although no amnesty is being offered, the event is designed to offer an incentive to clear cases, she said.

“If you get stopped for a traffic violation, you won’t have to worry about any outstanding bench warrants,” Feist said.

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