Magistrate Court - Criminal Actions FAQ's

What is a pre-warrant?
In the Magistrate Court individuals are allowed to file an application for a criminal warrant as long as they have a police report. The case would be scheduled for a pre-warrant hearing and notices are mailed out to all parties. At the pre-warrant hearing, the Judge will hear testimony from the parties and if sufficient evidence is given, an arrest warrant may be issued at that time.

What information do I need to file a pre-warrant?
You must have the correct name and home address for the defendant. You are also required to have a police report. Please see the list of filing fees for the fee for this service.

What is a good behavior warrant?
A good behavior warrant is an application to keep the peace. If someone is threatening or harassing you and you have given them notice not to have any contact with you but they continue to do so, you can file a good behavior warrant. Once the good behavior warrant has been served to the defendant, they can agree to the terms of the good behavior warrant by waiving their hearing and it would remain in effect for 60 days. If they don't waive their hearing, the case will be scheduled for a court date. At that time, if the Judge finds sufficient evidence to continue the bond, it will remain in effect for 60 days.

What information do I need to file a good behavior warrant?
You must have the correct name and home address for the defendant. Please see the list of filing fees for the fee for this service.

 
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