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PLEASE NOTE: The County may change policies, locations, dates and times at any time so we cannot guarantee the accuracy contained below. HCCLA is working hard to keep up with the changes to bring you the most current, relevant and accurate information as possible.
New Trial Courtroom Assignments (MISD): Courts 9, 10, 11, and 12 will no longer be assigned the trial courtroom on the 16 floor of Congress Plaza. Beginning Monday, August 20, 2018, these 4 courts will be assigned the (middle) trial courtroom on the 7th floor of the Family Law Center (1115 Congress), which is currently used as a felony impact court.
New Trial Courtroom Assignments (FELONY): Also, beginning Monday, the District Criminal Courts will use the CJC ceremonial courtroom on the 20th floor for trials. The CCCL will continue to use the ceremonial courtroom holdovers to stage the female inmates. However, defense attorneys will need to use a different entrance to visit their female clients. The HCSO will have bailiffs in the hallway to direct attorneys to the new holdover entrance. Attorneys are still required to present identification (i.e. bar card, HC ID, etc.) to the bailiffs/detention officers before they are allowed into the female hold overs.
- New WiFi Network @ CJC: “Harris County Guest” – no password required. (6/26/18)
- NEW DA PORTAL FEATURES (3/30/18 by JoAnne Musick, Felony Trial Division Chief):
As of Monday of this week, our electronic link with HPD (and only HPD) is completely active. This means that prosecutors and defense attorneys will have immediate access to all HPD reports and supplements as they are approved by HPD (i.e. submitted by officer and approved by his supervisor). This access is completed via the Offense Report hyperlink which will allow you to open a PDF version of the current report. There is NO WAY to know whether or not new supplements are available, so on both sides, we must periodically check for updates. Prosecutors will no longer be providing printed copies of HPD offense reports. Additionally, please note that “confidential” reports (as defined and coded by HPD) are not available through this link. Where HPD has coded a report confidential (usually homicides or other high profile cases), we must manually retrieve a copy of the report from HPD. When we do this, we will add that report to our eCase system and mark it for discovery for defense – meaning you can then see it in the portal. Reports handled in this fashion are static and will not update with supplements.As of today, the system will attempt to email defense counsel of record when “new” items are made available in eCase for discovery for defense. This means where a prosecutor has new evidence to disclose, they will load it into our eCase system, mark it available to defense, and then in the early morning hours of the following day the system will generate an email to the attorney of record (as defined by the clerk having attached the attorney of record to the case in JIMS) alerting counsel that new information is available.
- SOAH Houston Office UPDATE (12/6/17)
- Jury Trials: Each district court is sending its 3 oldest jail cases, ready for trial, to “impact court” to be tried in these 2 courtrooms by visiting judges, or the judge of the home court if that judge prefers. Attorneys on those cases will be contacted by 262nd to have a scheduling conference in the next couple of weeks. (10/04/17)
- County Criminal Courts at Law will resume trials on Monday, October 16th. The 16 County Criminal Courts will share 4 courtrooms dedicated to trials. Each courtroom will be shared by teams of four courts on a rotating schedule. Trials will be set and given priority to cases with defendants in custody. The County will forward a schedule of courts assigned to specific trial weeks by courtroom as soon as those are finalized. (10/10/17)
- Pretrial Services has moved to The Coffee Pot Building, 102 San Jacinto (effective Sept 25). Defendant in-person reporting at new location begins Sept 28.
Felony/Misd: Locations & Schedule
CJC will open with limited facilities on June 4 for jail dockets only
CJC open from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Court Coordinator Directory
New Court Locations:
- Felony Mental Health Court
- Reintegration Impact Court (RIC)
- STAR Drug Court
- Veteran’s Court
Bond Forfeiture Unit
1301 Prairie, 1st Floor