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Ridgeland Municipal Court to Offer Amnesty Program for Defendants

The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and Ridgeland City Prosecutor will conduct an amnesty program for people with outstanding warrants for unpaid fines due to traffic violations or misdemeanor criminal offenses. The 2 day amnesty period will begin Thursday, March 30, 2017 and end Friday, March 31, 2017.

The program is for defendants/violators who have an outstanding fine with the Ridgeland Municipal Court and/or who have an arrest warrant issued for them. The amnesty program provides individuals the opportunity to pay their fines in full and have the contempt of court fees waived by orders of the municipal judge. The City of Ridgeland is aware that paying off fines may be difficult during challenging economic times. There are alternative measures to an immediate full fine payment which may be available to people who participate in the amnesty program. Under state law, a person convicted on a contempt of court charge faces up to six months in jail and/or an additional fine up to $1000. Individuals taking part in the amnesty program will benefit by removing this additional contempt of court fine.

Anyone who has an outstanding warrant with the Ridgeland Municipal Court or who wishes to determine if an arrest warrant has been issued against them may contact Ridgeland Court Services at 601-853-2001. The Municipal Court Services will have extended office hours during this period to accommodate anyone wishing to participate in this program. The extended hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 30 and 31, 2017, and Ridgeland Municipal Court is located at 115 West School Street in Ridgeland, Mississippi.