What does VACATE A BENCH WARRANT mean?
The law requires judges to promptly see and arraign an individual who is returned on a warrant. That means, as soon as an officer brings a fugitive to court, the warrant is vacated and bail is usually set. The accused is also arraigned on the charges, if it was not done previously. In this manner the individual is logged into the department of corrections, his or her attorney is notified, and the officer can continue on his or her tour of duty. Also, if a bail jumping charge was presented to the grand jury after the accused failed to appear, s/he will be arraigned on this or any other new charges. If upon the fugitive’s return there are bench warrants outstanding in other jurisdictions, a call is usually made to determine whether the authorities intend to pick up the fugitive. If they are not going to do so, police have an obligation to set the fugitive free, unless s/he is being held in on another matter. The warrant remains outstanding, however, and the individual must appear volunta