If you owe outstanding fines and court costs to the City of Newport or Jackson County and currently have a non-payment warrant outstanding for your arrest you may be able to qualify for the Amnesty Program being offered by the Jackson County District Court (Newport, Diaz, Tuckerman and Swifton departments).
The Amnesty program offers the opportunity to pay your outstanding fines and court costs without being arrested and spending any time in jail. There are other important benefits as well.
During the Amnesty period, which began Jan. 29, and runs through April 30, you may go to the Court Office and pay your fines in full and non-payment warrants will be recalled. You will not be arrested or jailed. You will not be required to appear in court and if your driver's license has been suspended due to non-payment it will be immediately reinstated though you may be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the State Revenue Department.
Here is how the amnesty program works:
- You will be required to pay your fines and court costs in full if your balance it less than $1,200. For those who owe in excess of $1,200, you would be required to pay $1,200 toward that balance and agree to immediately start paying the balance in monthly installments.
- Again, you will not be arrested and any non-payment warrant would bee pulled immediately and dismissed.
- If your driver's license has been suspended it will be immediately reinstated.
- You will not be required to appear in court
Those wishing to take advantage of they unique opportunity for amnesty should contact Jackson County District Court to inquire about their balance, and see if they qualify for this program.