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. Masks are required for anyone entering the office as well and hand sanitizer is available.
We are encouraging you to set up video calls or phone calls as part of social distancing to help stop the spread of this virus.
We are asking you to call and reschedule your appointment if you or anyone in your household has or has come in contact with someone that 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 April 2, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley entered an order to extend the temporary suspension of court functions. In light of the gravity of the pandemic, the predictions of even more cases, and the continued admonition to social distance as the only means to contain the spread of the virus, new District Court Schedules and procedures will reflect a reduction in court as set forth herein.
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 to be subject to health precautions
- Criminal Magistrates will operate as usual.
Civil Domestic Violence
- Ex parte Domestic Violence Protective Orders will be heard by a
District Court Judge upon availability.
- 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.
- No Motions for Summary Judgment Divorce will be heard. Emergency cases and matters will continue to be heard.
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 Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. only.
- Bond Hearings, Misdemeanor Pleas, and Probation Violation matters with defendants in custody will be addressed during First Appearances.
- 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.