Fort Worth to host forgiveness day for those with outstanding warrants
Scofflaws in Fort Worth are getting cut some slack: The Fort Worth Municipal Court is hosting a forgiveness event where anyone with an outstanding citation can clear it up without fear of arrest.
According to a release, those with outstanding citations with the Fort Worth Municipal Court can appear at a municipal court location or Court in the Community event to resolve their outstanding cases, and may be eligible for alternatives such as community service or a reduction in their fine based on ability to pay.
They're hosting a "Court in the Community/Warrant Forgiveness" event on Saturday, September 16 from 9 am-12 pm, at Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Pkwy.
There'll be a total of 120 spots open: 50 reserved spots and 70 walk-in spots. To register or get more information, call 817-392-6700.
"I encourage anyone who has an outstanding citation with the Fort Worth Municipal Court to contact us immediately so we can provide options to move those cases to a final resolution," says Court Director William Rumuly. "We are a Safe Harbor Court, meaning we do not arrest persons who come voluntarily to see us on their outstanding cases."
Community partners offering additional services
In addition to the forgiveness element, there'll also be a team of partners to help facilitate as follows:
- The City of Fort Worth EnVision Center and Community Action Partners will also be onsite to help with rent, past-due rent, utilities, and past-due utility payments. To learn more about the EnVision Center and related services, contact Suzanne Richards by email or at 817-392-2591.
- Goodwill North Central Texas will be at the event with employment opportunities, job placement services, one-on-one career counseling and job readiness skills training, including resume writing, interviewing skills and job search techniques. Services are available at no cost, and appointments are not needed. To learn more about Goodwill’s services, go online or call 817-332-7866.
- Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas will offer general civil intake, including family law, wills and estates, landlord/tenant cases, public benefits, federal tax, bankruptcy, and real property matters. To learn more, call 800-955-3959 or visit online.
This is for Fort Worth citations only, including any Class C criminal case filed with the Court such as traffic violations, ordinance violations, and penal code violations through the issuance of a citation.
Residents can still participate in the Warrant Forgiveness program even if their case has been referred to a collection agency.