Starting today, the Lubbock County District and County Courts-at-Law have established precautions and measures due to COVID-19.
There will be no child support cases through March 31, 2020. People who are a party to a child support case between now and March 31 should call the Attorney General's Office at 1 (800) 252-8014. Jury trials scheduled through April 3, 2020 are canceled and will be rescheduled and prioritized by the presiding judge of the court where the case is filed. The courts will monitor the situation and revisit further suspensions of trials at the Friday, April 3rd, Board of Judges meeting.
The courts are working to coordinate functionality and facilitate procedures for attorneys to appear telephonically or through videoconferencing for certain dockets or hearings approved by the judge of each individual court. More details will come regarding availability of those processes. Plea Negotiation Conferences (PNCs) and other court events not requiring the defendant’s appearance should be completed by telephonic or video conference communication. In lieu of or following the
telephonic or video conference communication, the attorneys shall submit an electronic notice (email) or Certificate of Conference to the court coordinator on or before the docket day and time.
The courts will also consider the following hearings essential and will not be delayed:
Guilty pleas scheduled for in-custody defendants will continue as scheduled. Any attorney or party with col or flu-like symptoms should contact the court to determine if their appearance is necessary. Any documents or pleadings for the court that are not required to be filed through electronic filing (efiling), should be emailed to the specific court. For the week of 3/16 through 3/20, court employees will be permitted to work remotely as approved by their individual judge or supervisor; therefore, please email the individual court if there are questions or issues.
Another press release will come next week following the review of additional information from local, state and national resources, and will further detail specific measures the Lubbock County District and County Courts-at-Law will implement in response to these rapidly changing conditions.
Below is an updated list of court cancellations and closures: