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3/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Barberton Municipal Court Amnesty Program ending

BARBERTON — Barberton Municipal Court will hold a limited Amnesty Program through May 15, according to Clerk of Courts Diana Stevenson.

The Amnesty Program will allow individuals with active bench warrants for failure to pay fines and restitution to appear before the court and have the $75 bench warrant fee waived upon payment of half of all fines and costs owed the court. The balance of the outstanding fines and costs must be paid through monthly payments until the debt is paid in full, according to Stevenson.

Those wishing to participate in the program may appear before the court weekdays at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. or Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Stevenson said this is also an opportunity to clear the license and registration block placed on individuals as a result of the bench warrant. The license/registration block remains cleared as long as further payments due to the court remain current.

In 2012, judges Christine Croce and David Fish began issuing bench warrants on criminal cases when the defendant failed to pay fines and restitution in a timely manner, according to court officials. Once the warrant was issued, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles would place a block on the driver’s license that prohibits an individual from applying for or renewing a license and/or registering a vehicle and obtaining updated license tags. The new law, effective March 22, allows for the license and registration block to be placed on an individual and does not require that a bench warrant be issued.

Barberton Municipal Court, 576 W. Park Ave., serves the communities of Barberton, Copley, Norton, Clinton, Coventry, Green and New Franklin. For more details about the program, call 330-861-7191.

Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.

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