We hope you are following the recommendations from the CDC for protecting your health.
We want you to know that we are. We sanitize surfaces that our clients come in contact with and have adopted a no physical contact policy: no handshakes or hugs to greet you or say goodbye. We are encouraging you to set up video calls or phone calls as part of social distancing to help flatten the curve (the spread) of this virus.
We are asking you to call and reschedule if you have an appointment and you or anyone in your household has:
- experienced COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19
- been exposed to COVID-19
- traveled to areas with COVID-19 outbreaks within the last month
Below you’ll find information about the Coronavirus response in the courts.
11th Judicial District Update
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley released new directives to court officials in response to the Governor’s March 14, 2020 executive order. In light of these new directives the following changes to Magistrate and District Court will take effect immediately. These changes shall remain in effect for at least 30 days or until further order of the Court.
Magistrate and Small Claims:
- All small claims and summary ejectment matters are suspended. Pending matters will be continued and rescheduled beyond 30 days
- Marriage ceremonies will continue subject to health precautions
- Criminal Magistrates will operate as usual.
Civil Domestic Violence
- Ex parte Domestic Violence Protective Orders will be heard on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in District Court.
- Magistrates will hear ex parte Domestic Violence Protective Orders at all other times.
- Ten day return hearings will be heard as scheduled.
- Motions to Show Cause, Motions to Modify or Set Aside, Motions for Return of Weapons shall be continued beyond 30 days.
Civil District (non-domestic)
- All civil district matters will be rescheduled beyond 30 days.
- Emergency cases and matters will be heard. All other cases should be rescheduled beyond 30 days.
Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency
- Hearings for non-secure custody will be held. All other cases will be rescheduled beyond 30 days.
- Secured custody cases will be heard. First Appearances and Probable Cause hearings will be heard. All other cases will be rescheduled beyond 30 days.
Child Support Enforcement (IV-D)
- All cases will be rescheduled beyond 30 days. If Defendant is in custody, check with Judge Lee’s office.
- First Appearances will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.
- Probable Cause and Probation courts will only address defendants who are in custody. All other cases will be rescheduled beyond 30 days.
- Defendants in custody for misdemeanors will be addressed upon notice from Sheriff’s Department to District Attorney and Judge Lee’s office.
- All other criminal cases shall be continued beyond 30 days.