/ Modified jun 15, 2016 4:54 a.m.

Hundreds Get Warrants Lifted in Saturday Court Session

Warrant resolution day a 'success' with 100 getting driver's licenses back.

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Pima County’s first “Warrant Resolution Day” exceeded expectations, court administrator Douglas Kooi said Tuesday.

Court officials expected about 500 people to show up for the rare Saturday session to take care of outstanding warrants.

By the end of the day, Kooi said, 634 people had paid overdue court fines or cleared up other legal issues. That included more than 100 who got their driving privileges reinstated:

“The vast majority of folks, they came up to me and they thanked me for the opportunity to come in and take care of these matters and get their warrants quashed and get their driver's licenses back and so forth,” Kooi said.

Various city and county courts held the weekend event to accommodate people who can’t make it to court during the workweek.

Kooi said another Resolution Day is scheduled for October. Court officials hope to continue chipping away at a backlog of about 20,000 outstanding warrants from the last 25 years.

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