/ Modified jun 9, 2016 9:35 a.m.

Wanted by the Law? Clear It Up in Pima County This Saturday

Court officials hope people will appear to pay fines, clear up issues with 20,000 warrants.

Thousands of Pima County residents are technically outlaws, but this weekend local courts are giving them a chance to come clean.

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Anyone who has ever missed a scheduled court date or failed to pay fines or fees, might have a warrant out for his or her arrest.

Court administrator Doug Kooi said Wednesday about 20,000 misdemeanor warrants are outstanding in Pima County and local courts, for cases as far back as 1990. Saturday the courts are giving people a chance to put things right:

“We have a number of our judges that will be on hand," Kooi said. "We have attorneys that will be here to represent people and we'll have our payment windows open if people want to make payments on cases.”

The county’s first warrant resolution day will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new courthouse building on North Stone Avenue in downtown Tucson. Cases from county and municipal courts can be resolved.

Kooi said it’s not just about overdue paperwork, it’s also about peace of mind

“Living under the stress of having an outstanding warrant? Come in and then let's take care of it,” he said.

Warrant resolution day is part of a broader effort to reduce Pima County’s jail population.

Wonder if you are named in an outstanding warrant? Call Pima County Justice of the Peace Court at 520 724-3171.

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