Municipal Courts Extends Amnesty Program

Citizens Urged to Pay Court Orders While Cost Savings Still Available
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The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department’s 2013 Amnesty program has been extended for an additional week and will not end until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013. Court officials are encouraging anyone who has delinquent court matters to take advantage of this additional time to resolve them at a discounted rate.

“We are offering additional time for citizens to participate in this cost-saving program so that they can have the peace of mind to go about their day-to-day affairs without the fear of being arrested,” stated Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle. “We are available for anyone who has questions; just call us at 3-1-1 or visit us online for assistance,” said Judge Hartle.

The Amnesty Program was initially announced at a news briefing held Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Most delinquent traffic and non-traffic citations that were delinquent on or before October 21, 2012 are eligible for Amnesty discounts. Previously adjudicated cases, capias pro fine cases, parking and Red Light Camera citations are not eligible for Amnesty.

Court officials urge people to take advantage of this program so they won’t be subject to arrest during any upcoming warrant sweeps when cheaper amnesty rates will no longer be available.

For more information about City of Houston warrants or citations, visit the website at or contact City’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside the City of Houston.

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