Texas Supreme Court 3rd Emergency Order - No Non-Essential Hearings in Person

Posted by Helene Parker | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court of Texas has issued its 3rd Emergency Order prohibiting courts from having any "non-essential proceedings" in person regardless of group size.

What does this mean?  

It means that if you have a scheduled court hearing/trial during this time period (March 15th through April 1st), your hearing/trial has been rescheduled.  The only hearing/trial that the courts will entertain during this time period will be for "essential" cases.  Basically, "essential" cases are those that are considered emergency or urgent cases, such as removal hearing for CPS cases, emergency hearings for family violence cases, or for emergency restraining orders.  The courts may even conduct the "essential" cases via video.  Get to know and love the Zoom app.

Please call the court to get a new hearing/trial date.  It will most likely be reset to May or June.  Expect the courts to be jammed up with hearings and trials for the next few months.

Emergency Order 3.pdf
No "In Person" Non-Essential Hearings

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Helene Parker

Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997.  She is Board Certified in Family Law. Ms. Parker received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in History and Art.  Cal State Fullerton was not Ms. Parkers first university; she spent her freshman year at American Uni...


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