What is a civil arrest warrant

Not legal advice: A civil judge can issue a civil warrant, or bench warrant, which gives permission to the police to arrest the person named in the warrant. This type of warrant may be issued for failure to appear in civil court, ignoring a jury summons, contempt of court in a civil case, and non-payment of child support.

Once a civil arrest warrant has been issued contact an attorney immediately. When appearing in court remember to bring evidence that explains your reasoning for not following instructions issued by the courts or a judge.

In the news, Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker recently had a bench warrant issued for failure to appear at a creditor's examination last September. After an emergency hearing it was lifted. Find out more from USA Today.