Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Need to clear a warrant in Rankin County?

The Rankin County Justice Court issued the following statement:

The Rankin County Justice Court Judges have implemented a plan, effective January 19, 2016 through March 31, 2016, that allows a criminal defendant to avoid jail if:
(a) an arrest warrant has been issued only for contempt for the defendant's failure to make timely payments to Rankin County Justice Court; and
(b) BEFORE the defendant is arrested, he/she voluntarily appears at Rankin County Justice Court during the hours of 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday; and
(c) the defendant pays twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount due; and
(d) the defendant pays at least fifty dollars ($50) per month on the remaining balance.

This plan ends on March 31, 2016. Anyone who wants to see if he/she qualifies, may call 601-824-2665 after January 13 and should remember that the constables are actively executing arrest warrants and this plan is only available if he/she appears BEFORE being arrested. A document describing the plan is available at the following link:".


Anonymous said...

Just another example of copsinarobe. If these people really broke the law, let them be punished. If they did some infraction that is a pretense as a tax, the hell with these constables. They get paid a fee for every person they serve or arrest. So, they serve and arrest and lot of folks....

Anonymous said...

No statute or rules of the Supreme Court allow the Court Clerk or JP to make such decision. These judges cannot "cut orders". A complaint to ethics and Judicial Review are warranted.

Anonymous said...

Is the DA Guest collection company involved?

Kingfish said...


Anonymous said...

Sort of sounds like the law enforcement is looking for a way to keep from doing their job. They get paid, they should do their job.

Anonymous said...

Lot of tough guys on here. They are offering a second chance for people to do what they were suppose to do, and they will give some mercy. This keeps them from tying up their time and jail with these minor issues, and helps the bottom line with people paying the fines they owe for breaking the law. Seem like a win win for all.

Anonymous said...

It actually sounds like they just need the money. Anyone who has ever been to RCJC or Brandon city court knows that court is just a way to collect money - the judges actually keep a tally on how much in fines they assess on a scorepad, and it appears to me that they have a daily goal. Cases that are unlikely to result in big fine are always pushed to the end, where, after the gallery has cleared out and it is close to quitting time, cases are remanded. 25% and $50 per month has long been the standard payment schedule - most people pleading to DUI's don't have the $1100 fine and have to ask for payment plans. Obviously, people quit paying and then a bench warrant is issued. If the person is picked up again, they again usually ask to reinstate the payment plan. So this just sounds like an amnesty plan or a Rankin Revenue Enhancement Plan.

Anonymous said...

Constables can arrest em all day long....they only get paid if the court collects.

Anonymous said...

There is another option. Raise property taxes by 20% to fund county operations. These fines help fund county operations.

And whoever says the courts dont have the power to do this? Cite me the statute or rule or other authority which you rely upon?

He Don't Stay Heah No Mo said...

Constables are a lot like coroners and nobody wants to see one pulling up the driveway.

Time's Expired said...

7:06.....Where do you see that a 'court clerk' or 'JP' made this decision?

It's the same as 'parking fine amnesty week'.

Anonymous said...

As I understand, the issues are:
1. the desire to clear the warrant backlog
2. without having to lock everyone up
3. because the Rankin County Jail is already crowded.

So Rankin County's new motto is: Do the Crime, Get the Time - Unless You can Pay the Fine Before The Constable Catches up with You for the Crime.

Anonymous said...

I don't see the negative here.

Yeah, justice courts are just a collection machine for the county, but that's true state wide.

If that's your beef, you're on good ground, but talk to your legislators about making them either a) fair [you know where the proceedings are recorded and discovery takes place] or b) extinct.

Anonymous said...

Byram police were the first ones to admit Stokes was right. Criminals can get away as long as they get to the Jackson city limits. The so called police of Byram turned around at the Jackson city limits after chasing a stolen truck involved in another crime. Great work, I started to say policemen but couldn't quite get that out. They were definitely not policemen.

Anonymous said...

Constables are like 1950's mafia enforcers. They give you a ticket, they collect $50 bucks of the $100 it costs. enough tickets for not wearing your seat belt he can buy a new car or run another campaign for constable.

Constables in Rankin & Madison are scumbags; laws need to be changed for this archaic practice and position.

Anonymous said...

Noticed the Jackson cops are now giving tickets to people who leave their car running without them in it. Guess that is a lot easier than chasing the thieves who steal cars. I keep forgetting, Jackson does not allow anyone to disturb criminals while they are committing crimes. If would be nice if they would do as good of a job protecting animals in the zoo as they do criminals on the street.

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