Tucson City Court hosted its first-ever Warrant Day Saturday, clearing up more than 200 cases and collecting $13,325 in fines and fees. Of 210 defendants, 117 took plea offers and 93 were given new court dates, said Court Administrator Christopher Hale.
Warrant Day was created to help deal with a backlog of 40,000 warrants. Most were for failure to appear in court. Prosecutors worked out plea deals for people who set up payment plans and agreed to attend any classes or counseling that may be required.
The day was a pilot project to see how many defendants would show up on a Saturday to clear up their warrants. Typically, City Court handles warrants Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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