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Warrants issued for failing to show up for misdemeanor and traffic court in St. Tammany during Friday’s snowfall have been deferred, according to a motion filed by District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

The courthouse remained open despite other closures in the parish, including the schools, parish government offices and state offices.

The motion states this may have caused confusion and that the courthouse had posted on its website that “All cases set for St. Tammany Court in Covington, December 8, 2017 will go forward.”

The motion went on to state that “Accordingly, and in the interest of justice, the State respectfully requests that the Court order the Clerk of Court to defer the transfer of any warrants based upon attachments for failure to appear in the Misdemeanor Courtroom on December 8, 2017 for Misdemeanor and Traffic manners.”

The issuance of warrants will now be held until Dec. 21.

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