Found at Illinois State University’s NPR (WGLT-FM) is the following change in what has to happen when an arrested person skips his or her court date:
It also will become more difficult for judges to issue warrants for people accused of crimes who fail to appear for a court date. Now, said 11th Circuit Chief Judge Mark Fellheimer, a judge can issue a warrant when someone doesn’t show up for court. As of Jan. 1, that changes.
“They now have to issue a contempt proceeding and have that paperwork served on the defendant before a warrant can be issued, which as you can imagine is a little crazy under how things actually operate within the confines of a criminal case,” said Fellheimer.
The new law is called the “SAFE-T Act.”