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CITY OF HOUSTON MUNICIPAL COURTS EXTENDS SUSPENSION OF ALL JURY TRIALS AND JURY DUTY TO INCLUDE ALL IN-PERSON HEARINGS, ARRAIGNMENTS, JUDGE TRIALS, AND NON-ISSUE SETTINGS STARTING JANUARY 1, 2021 UNTIL FURTHER NOTIFICATION
December 28, 2020 -- Due to changing circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage the health and safety of the public and court staff members from the spread of the COVID-19, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has extended the suspension of ALL JURY TRIALSand JURY DUTY, ARRAIGNMENTS, JUDGE TRIALS AND NON-ISSUE SETTINGS starting JANUARY 1, 2021 UNTIL FURTHER NOTIFICATION in conjunction with the Texas Supreme Court’s Order. The Court remains open for all other proceedings.
Members of the public should contact a health care provider and not come to court if they are experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19. Once cleared by a physician, individuals may visit any City of Houston court location to speak with an Annex Judge if you are unable to use any other means such as the mail or telephone. Masks/facial coverings must be worn at all times within the courthouse facility. Temperatures will be taken before entry is granted. Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for continued updates on all court locations and hours of operation.
If your jury trial was scheduled from September 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, resets will continue to be given. The resets can also be requested by mail. Please visit the Municipal Courts’ website at www.houstontx.gov/courts for information on all court locations and hours of operation. It is important to note that if an individual fails to reset their case(s) when Municipal Court resumes operations, an arrest warrant may be issued.
For additional announcements and information please call the City of Houston Helpline at 3-1-1, or 713.837.0311 if outside of the City of Houston, or visit the Municipal Courts website at www.houstontx.gov/courts.