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MARCH 16, 2020 COVID-19 NOTICE

NOTICE TO ANYONE WHO HAS A PENDING MATTER IN THE 232ND DISTRICT COURT OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS THROUGH THE END OF MARCH:

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 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 and reschedule. For matters that are not legally required to occur in a courthouse but that must be dealt with immediately, email me and copy all parties or 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 might 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. Since the Harris County Jail is a designated courthouse, if it is possible to accomplish this type of disposition without having the inmate transported to the CJC, that would be ideal. This is a fluid situation and I will update as I learn about whatever technological capabilities develop for remote appearances of this type. Otherwise, contact the court to see what accommodations are available.

Again, I urge everyone to call and reschedule their cases in the 232nd District Court unless you believe it is absolutely necessary to be docketed. Many items can be dealt with remotely via email or conference call.

As I have said over and over, 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 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.

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