Bench warrants are orders that are issued by a judge that give authority to law enforcement to arrest you. Springfield Municipal Court bench warrants are issued in circumstances where you failed to appear in court on a criminal matter. Generally, warrants do not expire and will remain active until cleared by an appearance in court or apprehension by law enforcement.
If you have an outstanding bench warrant for your arrest issued by the Springfield Municipal Court, you may clear the warrant by:
- You must arrive promptly at 1:30 in order to see the judge.
- To ensure there will be enough space on the docket for you to see a judge we recommend arriving 10 minutes early.
- Late arrivals may be taken into custody and will have to wait until criminal arraignments the next business day to see a judge.
- If you are taken into custody and lodged at the Springfield Municipal Jail you will be arraigned by a judge the next business day at 1:00 p.m.
- If you are cited and released, or released after posting bail, you will be given a date to return to court. This next court date is a mandatory court appearance.