City implements “Spring Forward Amnesty Program”

May 17, 2021

The City of Columbia Municipal Court will be implementing a “Spring Forward Amnesty Program” every Friday in May.  This program will allow citizens with outstanding bench warrants and other penalties to resolve their cases without being arrested or going to jail.  It gives citizens an opportunity to voluntarily resolve outstanding cases in a fair and efficient manner — a spring cleaning of sorts.

Beginning May 7, and every subsequent Friday in May, anyone with outstanding bench warrants or unpaid fees and fines who voluntarily appears at one of the amnesty locations will have the opportunity to settle their cases without being arrested.  Outstanding bench warrants will be vacated and late fines and fees will be reduced or converted to community service.

Amnesty Days will be held from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm in the following locations:

          May 21:  Earlewood Park; 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

          May 28:  Transitions Homeless Center; 2025 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201

To find out if you have an outstanding bench warrant, please check the City of Columbia Municipal Court website or call the municipal court at (803)545-3166.  To find out if you have outstanding fees and fines, please call (803)545-3140.  Driving Under the Influence, 1st Offense and Domestic Violence 3rd degree charges are not included in this program.