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Posted: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 3:03PM

New Orleans Municipal Court announces amnesty plan

New Orleans Municipal Court today announced a new amnesty program designed to encourage thousands of people to come to court and avoid being arrested on outstanding warrants.

Spokeswoman Nicole Sheppard says it's a chance to save money and get your record cleaned.  Judges next week will waive contempt fees and allow offenders to pay at least half of what they owe and begin a payment plan to get the warrants lifted. These are not traffic court cases, but they cover a wide area of misdemeanors.

''If you have an open container, some people urinate in public, if you have a simple battery,'' said Sheppard.

New Orleans Municipal Court spokeswoman Nicole Sheppard:

Sheppard says if you come to court, you will not be arrested.

''Come to court, get you're warrants recalled, get the new court date and pay you're fines out,'' she explained.

The amnesty plan starts Monday morning May 5 and runs through May 9.

May 5-9, 2014 from 8:30-3:30
City of New Orleans Municipal Court
727 S. Broad Street

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