1. Contact duty counsel
Question & AnswerI have an emergency and can’t make it for my court date. What do I do?
If you have a personal emergency at the last minute and can’t attend court, contact the duty counsel office at your courthouse. They will tell the court about your situation and ask for a for you.
The justice of the peace or the judge will decide whether to:
- order a discretionary bench warrant and your matter, or
- order a bench warrant for your arrest.
Every case is different. It’s up to the court to decide if they will give you a discretionary warrant. The court will be more likely to issue a discretionary bench warrant if your absence has been explained.