- Court Status & Dockets
- In-Custody Defendants
- Lina Hidalgo orders release of certain inmates from Harris County Jail (4/1/20)
- County Judge Order to release certain inmates from Harris County Jail
- General Bond Order for Certain Offenses
- General Conditions of Release and Supervision
- Inmate Visitation (Local/State/Fed)
- Securus Video Visits for Attorneys
- Securus “Do Not Record” Request
- Sample COVID-19 Bail Motion
- HOUSTON / HARRIS COUNTY
- Order to Disregard Directive by Harris County Judge (4/3/20)
- First Amended General Bond Order for Certain Offenses (4/2/20)
- BOND DOCKETS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
- JURY SERVICE SUSPENDED THRU MAY 8
- Stay Home/Work Safe Order (3/24/20) – extended through April 30
- General Bond Order for Certain Offenses
- General Conditions of Release and Supervision
- REVISED Court Operations Effective TUESDAY, March 24, 2020
- DISTRICT COURTS UPDATES: 174 / 176 / 177 / 178 / 179 / 180 / 182 / 183 / 184 / 185 / 208 / 209 / 228 / 230 / 232 / 248 / 262 / 263 / 337 / 338 / 339 / 351 / RIC
- COUNTY COURTS DOCKET SCHEDULE
- JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURTS – First Amended Order Re Court Proceedings Pending COVID-19 State of Emergency (3/23/20) :: All scheduled court dockets are continued and jury service is suspended for the 16 Harris County Justice Courts through at least April 19, 2020. Please see the individual court for further information applicable to specific courts.
- HCDAs ordered to evacuate CJC (10am, 3/19/20)
- District Clerk suspends all in-person services until further notice
- HFSC Response to COVID-19
- HISD Schools closed until May 4
- HCCLA Banquet–postponed
- Wed Appellate CLE–postponed
- TEXAS & Surrounding Counties
- Texas Judicial Branch – Court Closures
- Executive Order by Governor of Texas: GA 14 relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster (3/31/20)
- Executive Order by Governor of Texas: GA 13 relating to detention of county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster (3/29/20)
- Governor of Texas orders ALL schools closed until May 4, 2020
- Texas Emergency Order: COVID-19 State of Disaster (3/18/20)
- Texas Emergency Order: COVID-19 State of Disaster (3/13/20)
- Texas Health/Safety Code (81: Communicable Diseases)
- Jury Trials (updated 3/19/20)
- TDCJ Offender Visits
- Fort Bend County – Jail Visits
- Galveston County (updated 3/18/20)
- Montgomery County (updated 3/19/20)
- MoCo CCL1: All cases scheduled through April 30th will be reset to a future date. My staff will be in contact with you about resets and new dates. If you have not heard from us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 936-539-7831, Option 1 or Option 3, so that we can facilitate a reset via email or fax.
- MoCo CCL3: see docket changes
- MoCo CCL4: If you have court on or before April 30th please contact the court to get your reset: firstname.lastname@example.org; Assault FV cases- Therese.Pringle@mctx.org (3/24/20)
- SOAH / ALR Hearings (updated 3/24/20)
- President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – extended through April 30
- U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
- ICE Guidance on COVID-19
- Federal Detention Center (FDC)
- Joe Corley Detention Center
- U.S. Southern District of Texas
- U.S. Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Magistrate Judges COVID Order
- IRS, Treasury: New filing and payment deadline: July 15, 2020
Texas Judicial Branch – Court Closures
– Brazoria County: District – County
– Chambers County: 253rd District Court
– Fort Bend County: District – County
– Galveston County: District – County
– Harris County: District – County – JP
– Hays County: Districts – County
– Houston Municipal Courts
– Montgomery County: District – County
– FEDERAL – U.S. Southern District of Texas
If you are feeling sick or need help with a reset or have some other issue in court, HCCLA is here to help. We have members of the bar who are particularly vulnerable to this virus. Do not risk your personal safety or health. Contact the court to advise of your situation. While some courts will allow for off-docket resets, others may not. Contact one of HCCLA’s Judicial Ambassadors for the court where you need additional assistance.
ALL Jury Service CANCELLED:
– Brazoria County until May 25, 2020.
– Chambers County until April 20, 2020.
– Harris County until May 8, 2020.
– Hays County until May 31, 2020.
– Fort Bend County until May 8, 2020.
– Galveston County until April 30, 2020.
– Houston Municipal Courts until May 1, 2020.
– US Southern District of Texas (Hou/Galv) until May 1, 2020.
HCJ: The Harris County Jail will suspend all inmate visitation until further notice, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020. Attorney-client interviews and other essential visits will not be affected. Inmates housed at the Joint Processing Center (JPC) will have the option to do video visitations. INMATE LOOKUP
Set up Jail Calls and Video Visitation: To designate your phone number as an attorney line, fill out the Attorney Do Not Record Request form and email it to Deputy Bilderback at Damon.Bilderback@Sheriff.hctx.net (see also: Recording of Inmate Calls). Video Visitation can be done for clients housed at JPC and 701 San Jacinto. See instructions here: Attorney Video Visitation Summary.
Beginning Monday, March 16: The jail facilities (JPC, 701, and 1200) will begin screening everyone’s temperature at the front door using a touchless thermometer. If your temperature is over 100 degrees, you will be turned away. Per Ed Gonzalez, the JPC will refuse to book anyone accused of a non-violent misdemeanor (except DWI or if there’s a special reason the person is an immediate threat to safety). Effective immediately: The HCSO Warrants Division will only be confirming outstanding warrants for 1) felonies and 2) misdemeanors involving violence against a person.
Fort Bend: Visitation Temporarily Closed. On March 13, 2020, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards has suspended visitation in county jails. This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires. We apologize for any inconvenience. Securus Technologies has agreed to reduce their remote visit fee to $3 per 25 minute visit. For more information on remote visits, please visit www.videovisitanywhere.com. If you have further questions regarding visitation, you can contact 281-341-4744, between the hours of 8a to 6:30pm. Thank you.
Montgomery County: see Update as of 3/19/20
TDCJ: In accordance with Governor Abbott’s declaration, effective March 13, 2020, the TDCJ will be temporarily suspending visitation at all our facilities (statewide) until further notice. While we understand the value and significance of the visitation process at our facilities, we also understand the importance of providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all involved. For continued updates, please refer to our agency website (https://www.tdcj.texas.gov).
FDC: The Federal Detention Center has suspended ALL inmate visitation, including legal visitation, to support public health and safety efforts of curtailing COVID-19 spread. The FDC understands criminal cases are ongoing and defendants still have a need to participate in legal activities. Therefore, we are putting in place a process by which defense attorneys can request an exception and have a legal visit with his/her client. We ask that counsel reach out to the Consolidated Legal Center staff via Juliana Reese-Colson (email@example.com) or Gerald Rawls (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their requests. This facility will work diligently to facilitate necessary legal visits and to have as little interruption to an inmate’s ability to engage in legal activity as possible. If approved for an in-person visit, the attorney will need to undergo screening using the same procedures as staff. More information regarding this announcement and the agency’s operations in light of this matter can be found at https://www.bop.gov/resources/news/20200313_covid-19.jsp
Joe Corley Detention Center: You can schedule an unmonitored telephone call with a defendant held at the Joe Corley Detention Center. Send your request to Ms. Geraldine Lovett (email@example.com) along with a copy of your 1) TDL and 2) bar card, and the 3) name, 4) federal or alien number of the client, and 5) the time and date of the call. At the designated time, you must call the facility. You will be provided the number to call in the email message that responds to your request.
HARRIS COUNTY CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURTS:
183rd District Court:
TELECONFERENCES: All teleconferences will be conducted by the court using ZOOM. If you need to schedule a teleconference, first contact the opposing party and agree on a few alternate dates/times. Then contact my court coordinator and provide her with the required information, INCLUDING the parties email addresses. If appropriate, the Court will then schedule a teleconference via ZOOM.
INTERIM ATTORNEY FEE VOUCHERS: During these uncertain times, attorneys are encouraged to file interim invoices for services rendered. Please contact the court if you have any questions.
NOTICE TO ANYONE WHO HAS A MATTER FILED IN THE 183rd DISTRICT COURT OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS THROUGH THE END OF APRIL 2020: Defense counsel is urged to call or email my court coordinator, Ana Melendez, and reschedule their case. For matters that are not legally required to occur in the courthouse, but require immediate attention, email my court coordinator, Ana Melendez, and copy all parties to schedule a teleconference. Most documents can be filed and/or signed electronically. If you are unable to electronically file/sign a document, immediately notify my court coordinator. For lawyers who have clients in custody and who believe that their case can be resolved in a way that results in their client’s release from custody, please contact the prosecutor and my coordinator for scheduling. PLEA’s will be taken on Mondays of jail docket week. If a case is to be pled, contact my court coordinator via email to schedule the plea. If anyone believes that their health or safety would be compromised by trying to get to court, stay home and make some attempt to contact my coordinator (preferably by email) to reschedule as soon as practical. Any lawyer on any case can always request an off docket reset or to waive a client’s appearance, regardless of health or safety concerns.
Judge Silverman is taking precautions and will be suspending dockets. These cases will be reset as follows:
03/16/2020 will be reset to 05/11/2020
03/17/2020 will be reset to 05/12/2020
03/18/2020 will be reset to 05/13/2020
03/19/2020 will be reset to 05/14/2020
03/23/2020 will be reset to 05/18/2020
03/24/2020 will be reset to 05/19/2020
03/25/2020 will be reset to 05/20/2020
03/26/2020 will be reset to 05/21/2020
03/30/2020 will be reset to 05/29/2020
03/31/2020 will be reset to 05/26/2020
04/01/2020 will be reset to 05/27/2020
04/02/2020 will be reset to 05/28/2020
Please notify your clients that they will not need to report to court next week. If you have questions or concerns please contact me. Thanks, Ana Melendez, 183rd D.C. Coordinator, 832-927-4175, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS:
Both Galveston and Harris Counties will be under a shelter-in-place order effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. The courts are exempt, and we will continue to do our job. But to the extent we can, we will minimize the need to require our employees, the lawyers, or the litigants from deviating from the shelter-in-place orders. Those steps will likely include deferring any non-essential in-court appearances or having them occur by telephone conference, Skype, or similar technology. The clerks’ office will have a much reduced staff, enough to keep up with processing the mail and with intake needs. Docketing and most other tasks will be handled remotely.
* The Houston Division is closed until April 10, 2020 – click here to see notice
- General Order 2020-03: CARES Act Authorization for Video and Audio Conferencing in Criminal Proceedings
- General Order 2020-04: Order on Written Waivers of Personal Appearances under the CARES Act
- Waiver Form (English)
- Waiver Form (Spanish)
* U.S. Court Operations in Houston and Galveston During the COVID-19 Pandemic
* Restrictions on Visitors to Houston and Galveston U.S. Courthouses During the Covid-19 Pandemic
* U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGES COVID-19 ORDER
U.S. EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS:
STATE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS (SOAH):
In furtherance of the Governor’s emergency order of March 13, 2020, SOAH has reduced in-office staff to essential personnel and will have onsite staff to accept filings from Monday to Thursday. This new schedule takes effect immediately, and will continue through April 10. Telephonic hearings will continue normally, and emergency hearings will be held at SOAH facilities as necessary. Further details can be found in the Chief Administrative Law Judge’s emergency order on office staffing.
Emergency Order of the Chief Administrative Law Judge concerning the suspension of certain live, in-person hearings related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Emergency Notice (3/23/20)
UPDATE 4/1/20: Click HERE for information regarding the continuance of in-person Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearings scheduled to convene on or before May 15, 2020.