Austin’s Municipal Court is offering ways to voluntarily resolve unpaid citations, waive warrant fees or clear active warrants without being arrested. Here are five things to know:
1. It started Friday: The Austin Municipal Court’s warrant amnesty program ends March 4. The program applies only to charges filed in Austin Municipal Court and Downtown Community Court. Interpreters will be available, the city says.
2. Docket schedules: The court will have a walk-in docket at two courts. The downtown municipal court at 700 E. 7th St. will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Saturday docket will be open Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. The community court at 719 E. 6th St. will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. Payment options available: If you can’t pay the fine on the day you go to court, you can set up a payment plan, request community service or petition for a hardship waiver.
4. Get answers: The city will hold four community Q&A sessions this month to answer your warrant amnesty questions: (All sessions will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Feb. 13 at Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library, 3101 Oak Springs Drive; Feb. 14 at Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center Drive; Feb. 20 at Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road; and Feb. 27 at Pleasant Hill Branch Library, 211 E. William Cannon Drive.
5. Call or go online: For more information, call 512-974-4800 or visit the Austin Municipal Court website at austintexas.gov/department/municipal-court.