March 19, 2020

CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS OUR COURT SYSTEM

By now, everyone understands the widespread impact the corona epidemic will have on our lives for the time. As of March 17th, Houston Independent School District and over 30 others have extended their closures through April 21st. At the same time, restaurants’ dining-in and all bars and clubs have been shut down for at least fifteen days. All universities as well, one by one, have suspended their classes, moved them online, and sent their students out of their dorms. Companies, too, have allowed many people to work from home or shut down offices out of concern for their company’s health.CORONA VIRUS AFFECTS OUR COURT SYSTEM

All kids are home from school, and university students have had their studies halted. Employees in the service or entertainment industry have had their work put on hiatus, along with many others. Even then, we are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. While in the first few days, stores were emptied by hoarders, going for groceries is one of the last places we are encouraged to go to and from. Luckily, our Texas grocery stores put in the efforts to stay well-stocked on a daily basis.

The Courts’ Closures and Rescheduling

Every sector of public life has done its best to eliminate all non-essential tasks. The courts are doing the same. We understand that this is going to be convenient for plenty of people. But we know that everyone wants to stay safe themselves. As of March 12th, the Board of Judges of Harris County sent out an order declaring the district court’s closures and limitations during the virus.

View this Inclement Weather, Emergency, and Public-Health Scheduling Procedures document here: HC_District_Courts_Emergency_Scheduling_Procedures_2020

And for the District Clerk’s Court Alert’s Webpage and Docket: https://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Common/About/HarveyUpdate.aspx

Some important notes before reading it:

  • It does not apply to defendants that do not yet have a court date in an assigned court.
  • All defendants who are released from custody on or after March 16th, must report to court as directed.

However,

  • All other defendants who are released on bond before March 16th that are scheduled to appear between March 16th and April 3rd will have their date rescheduled and do not need to appear in court.

If this is the case, contact your attorney here, at (713) 666-6657 or (713) 425-0987 for after hours.