|TO:||All Summary Court Judges
Clerks of Courts
|FROM:||Robert L. McCurdy|
|RE:||Photocopies of Arrest Warrants; Lost Warrants|
|DATE:||April 24, 2002|
We have received information that certified photocopies of arrest warrants have been filed by the summary courts with the clerks of court of general sessions. This is being done when the original warrant has been lost or misplaced. Please do not make photocopies of arrest warrants in this situation. The only circumstance that this office recommends photocopies of arrest warrants is for the purpose of conducting preliminary hearings. Photocopying arrest warrants creates the risk of double service on the same defendant, and is strongly discouraged.
If, after service, an arrest warrant is lost or misplaced, the first action this office recommends is a diligent search for the lost document. If the search fails, please follow the procedure outlined below.
Should you have any questions, please contact this office.