EDWARDSVILLE — The Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Veterans’ Assistance Commission have coordinated an Amnesty Day for any veteran who has a traffic, misdemeanor, ordinance or felony warrant to appear and have the warrant set aside at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Courtroom 103 of the Madison County Courthouse.
Veterans with outstanding warrants may meet with prosecutors at the courthouse and, in addition to having outstanding warrants set aside, may arrange to pay outstanding fines or receive a new court date.
“We are pleased to provide this service to veterans in assisting them with warrants without fear of arrest and in resolving their cases,” Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said. “We are happy to work with the Pro Bono Committee and the Veterans Assistance Commission to assist veterans who do not have attorneys.”
There will be assistant state’s attorneys, deputy circuit clerks and Madison County judges available to handle the Amnesty Day for the veterans. The program does not apply to federal warrants or civil contempt citations. Each veteran must bring his or her photo identification and DD-214 form to the courthouse to receive these services. The Veterans Assistance Commission will assist veterans in obtaining DD214s and related documents.
“This program is another example of the public service that we are able to provide to the community as a result of the partnership between the Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee and our county offices,” Chief Judge David Hylla said. The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee was formed in 2011 and provides services to low-income members of the community who do not have attorneys, including free legal appointments and pro bono mediators.
For information about the Veterans Amnesty Day or to pre-register, veterans can call (618) 296-4472. Veterans who need to obtain a copy of their DD214 should contact the Veterans’ Assistance Commission at (618) 296-4554. Veterans seeking assistance with warrants or fines should appear at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Madison County Courthouse,155 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, in Courtroom 103 with their photo IDs and DD-214s.