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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 61st District Court in Grand Rapids is starting a pilot program on Monday aimed at decreasing the number of bench warrants issued for and arrests of people who don’t show up to hearings.
Court Administrator Gary Secor explained the program to 24 Hour News 8. He said the court issues about 5,500 bench warrants each year for defendants who fail to appear.
The 61st District Court handles mostly misdemeanor cases. Secor said in many instances, there could be a valid reason for the no-show.
“Maybe you couldn’t arrange for child care that day. Maybe you didn’t have transportation. Maybe you lost your hearing notice date and you couldn’t find it,” Secor said.
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