Minnehaha County’s Warrant Resolution Court: Clearing Backlogs and Offering a Path Forward

In an effort to address outstanding warrants and streamline the legal process, Minnehaha County in South Dakota has introduced the innovative Warrant Resolution Court. This pilot program aims to provide individuals with an opportunity to resolve non-violent arrest warrants and misdemeanor bench warrants without the burden of fees or the fear of arrest.

The Purpose of Warrant Resolution Court

The Warrant Resolution Court specifically targets low-level offenses, allowing participants to clear their records and move forward. Whether it’s a traffic violation, a pet-related issue, or a city ordinance violation, this court session offers a chance for resolution.

Legal resolution

How It Works

Scheduled Sessions: The court holds scheduled sessions during which individuals can address their warrants.

Judge and Staff: A judge and court staff are present to facilitate the process.

Consultation: Attorneys from the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Public Advocates Office are available for consultation.

Resolution: Participants can arrange due dates for fines, schedule new court appearances, or even resolve their cases completely during the session.

Eligible Charges

Examples of charges appropriate for the Warrant Resolution Court include:

  • Traffic violations
  • No insurance
  • Pet violations
  • City ordinance violations
  • Obstruction
  • False impersonation
  • Driving while revoked
  • Possession of marijuana
  • DUI (1st or 2nd)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Moving Forward

The goal is to clear as many warrants as possible, allowing individuals to move forward without the burden of unresolved legal matters. While this court session is not suitable for all types of warrants, it provides a valuable opportunity for those facing specific charges.


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