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Court Closures, Announcements & Orders

Below please find a list of closings/safety updates for local courts and legal facilities. We will update this last as information becomes available. List is in alphabetical order. Use "Ctrl" and "F" to search.

Dallas County courts expect to begin hearing non-essential cases in person on Monday, July 6, 2020. Please review the latest court reopening information here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/reopening.php. While the courts are open, attorneys are strongly advised to call the court before appearing in person and adhere to all health and safety measures to slow and stop the transmission of COVID-19. Doing so should promote the administration of justice and reduce the possibility that the courts will close again. Click here for general reopening safety guidelines, here for George Allen, and here for Frank Crowley.

Amended Order of County Judge Clay Jenkins
Click here to read this order, dated March 16, 2020.

Court Operations Guidelines - May 4, 2020 (and after June 1)

Attorney General of Texas letter (May 12, 2020)


District Courts General Order relative to page limits
District Courts Emergency Standing Order.03.27.20


44th District Court
Click here
to read the 44th Emergency Order regarding non-essential in-person hearings
Click here to read COVID 44th Emergency Standing Order re alternative or substituted service 05042020
Click here to read COVID 44th Emergency Standing Order relative to remote proceedings 05042020
Click here to read the 44th Civil District Court First Amended Standing Order Public Health Emergency
Click here to view the statement from the 44th District Court.


68th District Court
Message from Judge Martin Hoffman: Until further notice, all court appearances in the 68th will be by telephone. Please call my court coordinator at 214-653-6510 to arrange your appearance. If you need an evidentiary hearing, please notify the court immediately. Please be safe.


101st District Court
Click here to view rules and proceedings of the 101st District Court.


162nd Court
Pursuant to the Texas Supreme Court Guidance issued on March 12, 2020, the 162nd District Court has suspended all non-essential proceedings until April 1, 2020. For purposes of the 162nd District Court, essential proceedings are:  applications for temporary restraining orders and matters that must be heard prior to April 1, 2020, pursuant to a statutory deadline. To set an essential proceeding for hearing, please email Melinda Thomas at mthomas@dallascourts.org. Also, the 162nd District Court encourages parties to present contested matters to the Court by submission. To do so, please contact Melinda Thomas at mthomas@dallascourts.org. All matters presented by submission will be promptly ruled on by the Court.


193rd District Court
Click here to view the Emergency Standing Order for the 193rd District Court of Dallas County.


255th District Court
Click here to view the 255th Family District Court Procedures during COVID-19


301st District Court
Procedures During COVID, October 1, 2020
301st coordinator hours, October 1, 2020
Click here to read 301st Procedures During COVID 19 amended 06.26.20
Click here to read the 301st Procedures During COVID-19.


Bankruptcy Court info (Northern District of Texas)
Click here
to view General Order 2020-15.
Click here to view General Order 2020-14.
Click here to view General Order 2020-10.
Click here to view General Order 2020-08.
Click here to view General Order 2020-09.
Click here to view General Order 2020-05.


Civil District Court
Amended Local Order-Civil District Courts


Collin County District Courts
Click here to read the Collin County District Courts Joint Statement Regarding Health and Safety Concerns.
Collin County District Clerk's office will temporarily suspend all walk-in services. Click here to read more.


County Courts at of Dallas County
Click here to read County Courts at Law Emergency Order dated 03.20.20
Click here to read the Emergency Order dated March 20, 2020.


County Court at Law No. 4
Click here for Second Amended Emergency Standing Order
Click here for the Amended Order-Emergency Standing Order
Click here to read Temporarily Modifying Court Proceedings in Response to COVID-19 Virus.


County Criminal Court No. 7
Click here to read the Courts release, 3/17/2020.


County Dispute Resolution Centers’ (DCDRC) 
The DCDRC will suspend conducting mediation at the George Allen Senior Courts Building until April 13, 2020 or sometime thereafter. This includes rescheduling the 28 mediations already on the DCDRC calendar. The DCDRC staff will be reaching out to those affected to reschedule. They are also working closely with the Dallas Court Staff to coordinate rescheduling efforts. The administrative offices will remain open for business unless otherwise stated by County Judge Clay Jenkins. Please feel free to contact at 214-653-6048 or via email at othel.bursey@dallascounty.org for any questions.


Criminal District Courts/District Courts Giving Preference to Criminal Cases
Click here to read the order.


Dallas County Face Covering Requirements (June 19,2020)
Dallas County Cancels All Jury Trials through May 8, 2020

Click here to read more.


Dallas County Civil Courthouse - Jury Trials
Click here to read the message from Dallas County Civil Courthouse regarding Jury Trials.


Dallas County District Clerk’s Office Closed to In-person Services
Click here for the notice. Please visit the District Clerk’s website at www.dallascounty.org/districtclerk for up to the minute instructions and notices. If attorneys have any issues with the emergency protocols, please contact gary.fitzsimmons@dallascounty.org, 214-653-6224, or Wesley Lue at wesley.lue@dallascounty.org, 214-653-7301.


Dallas County Family Courts
Click here to view a joint statement from the Dallas County Family Courts.
Family Court Judiciary Joint statement 03.23.20
Dallas County Standing Order Regarding Possession Schedule During School Closures.


Dallas County Probate Courts
Click here to read the Probate Courts Administrative Order.
Click here to read Probate Court No. 3's Administrative Order.


Eastern District of Texas 
General Order 20-11
Click here to read the Divisional Standing Order


Federal Courts
Practice in Federal Courts during COVID-19


Fourth Court of Appeals
During this time of uncertainly with the COVID 19, please be advised that as of yesterday, the Fourth Court is operating on a virtual basis until further notice. The Court is fully operational with all personnel working remotely. If you have any questions, please visit the court’s website at https://www.txcourts.gov/4thcoa/ for instructions on how to contact the Clerk of Court and Chief Deputy Clerk.
En Banc Order Extending Time to File Briefs, May 22, 2020


Mental Illness Court
Administrative Order No. 01-2020
Administrative Order No. 03-2020


National Center for State Courts


Northern District of Texas
Northern Distritct Special Order No. 2-91 (June 3, 2020)
Special Order No. 13-11 from the court. This order extends continuances under Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 through May 31, 2020, except as otherwise provided in the order. 
Click here to read Special Order No 13-5 -Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In light of the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus, which causes the disease designated as COVID-19, and the disaster declarations issued by State officials requiring citizens in the Northern District of Texas to “shelter in place,” the Court hereby amends its signature requirements. Please click here to view General Order 2020-07 which is located on our public website (https://www.txnb.uscourts.gov).


Southern District of Texas
General information and links: https://www.txs.uscourts.gov/
Special and General orders, and information from other agencies: https://www.txs.uscourts.gov/page/covid-19-general-and-special-orders


Supreme Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
Click here to read the notice from the Supreme Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.


Supreme Court of Texas Announcements
27th Emergency Order, September 25, 2020
26th Emergency Order Extends Halt On In-Person Jury Trials To Dec. 1
, September 18, 2020
25th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster, September 17, 2020
Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic - OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

24th Emergency Order limitations on residential-eviction proceedings
23rd Emergency Order extending deadline for payment of SBOT membership fees to October 31, 2020
22nd Emergency Order Extending Jury Trials until October 1, August 2020
21st Emergency Order, July 31, 2020
20th Emergency Order re COVID, July 21, 2020

Eighteenth Emergency Order, June 29, 2020
Seventeenth Emergency Order, May 26, 2020
Fifteenth Emergency Order, May 14, 2020
Twelfth Emergency Order, April 27, 2020

Garnishment Order
https://www.txcourts.gov/supreme/news/texas-supreme-court-coronavirus-update/​
Eighth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster, April 1, 2020
Information regarding COVID-19 - Court Guidance | Current Court Closures | Supreme Court/Court of Criminal Appeals Emergency Order
Click here to read that the announcement that the Supreme Court is closed indefinitely.
Click here to read the Supreme Court's Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster, clarifying possession periods in family law cases.


Texas Office of Court Administration
Click here to read
 the Attorneys and Staff Under Stay-At-Home Orders Travel Authorization


U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
Click here for the General Order directing changes in court procedures.


United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
General Order 2020-03
General Order 2020-04
Waiver Form (English)
Waiver Form (Spanish)


U.S. Department of Justice, Dallas Immigration Court
Weiss Standing Order
Davis-Gumbs Standing Order
EOIR Operational Status