Arrest warrants may be brought to any law enforcement officer in the City or State of New York that has authority to execute the warrant. The Sheriff's Office has authority to enforce most arrest warrants that relate to compliance with a court order.
There is no fee for filing most warrants however, Civil Court arrest warrants may be filed with the Sheriff's Office for a $95.00 fee. Warrants must be sent to the Sheriff County Office where the respondent lives or works, or is likely to be found. Contact the Sheriff's Office for details.
You need to bring:
- an original or certified copy of the warrant, plus two photocopies
- a completed Arrest Process Intake Sheet
Types of Warrants
Civil Contempt Warrant/Arrest
When people do not comply with a Court Order or Jury Summons, the court may order them to be arrested. A civil contempt arrest warrant can be issued to enforce certain money judgments or an order in a divorce, separation or annulment proceedings. A warrant may also be issued when someone disobeys a subpoena.
Kendra’s Law / Mental Hygiene Law Arrests
People with a history of mental illness can be taken into custody and brought to a hospital for treatment under Kendra’s Law or pursuant to provisions in the NYS Mental Hygiene Law taken into custody and brought to court for a hearing.
Family Court Warrants of Arrest
A family court warrant may be issued for:
- a summons that cannot be served or a person refusing to obey a summons
- a respondent on bail or on parole who has failed to appear
- or a person likely to leave the jurisdiction