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March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Notice

NOTICE TO ANYONE WHO HAS A PENDING MATTER IN THE 230th DISTRICT COURT OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS THROUGH APRIL 3, 2020:

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY OTHER COURTS – I DON’T WANT TO CAUSE CONFUSION

I understand that certain court business can only be conducted in a designated courthouse, so I will make myself or a visiting judge available for anyone who believes it is necessary to make a court appearance, but I would urge everyone who does not absolutely need to make an appearance to call in or better yet email in to reschedule. For matters that are not legally required to occur in a courthouse but that must be dealt with immediately, email Quinesha Ross and copy all parties to setup a 3-way call with all parties present. Most documents can be filed or signed electronically by all parties. If there are problems with electronic filing, fax or email might be appropriate.

For lawyers who have clients in custody who believe that their cases could be resolved in a way that releases their clients from the Harris County Jail (whether this means release from custody or moving them out of the jail to a probation facility or to TDCJ or elsewhere), please contact the prosecutor on that case to confirm and have the case docketed only if you believe it is safe to do so. This is a fluid situation and I will update as I learn about whatever technological capabilities develop for remote appearances. Otherwise, contact the court via email to see what accommodations are available.
Again, I urge everyone to email Quinesha Ross and reschedule their cases in the 230th District Court unless you believe it is absolutely necessary to be docketed. Many items can be dealt with remotely via email or conference call.

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 the court (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.

Lastly, Attorneys.  Please sign up for the Securus system to use video from your home or office to visit with your clients currently in custody.  

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