Discretionary bench warrant

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A bench warrant that will not be executed unless the accused person fails to attend on the next court date or, if it is extended, on a later one; commonly used in cases where mental health is of concern. A warrant is necessary to prevent the court from losing jurisdiction over the accused, however, it is understood that the arrest should not take place if the accused appears on the next date.

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