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Lubbock federal court continuances extended through May

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Federal trials will not begin or resume in Lubbock until at least after May because of the COVID-19 pandemic, under an order signed by U.S. Chief District Judge Barbara Lynn.

You can read the full document below, which applies for the Northern District of Texas. It extends all continuances through May 31, except as otherwise specified. The district includes courts in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock San Angelo and Wichita Falls.

Any civil or criminal trials that were set to begin in May in Lubbock federal court will be scheduled for a date after May 31, reset by the presiding judge. Each judge has discretion, if there are emergency circumstances, to begin a trial before that date.

The order also extends exclusion of the Speedy Trial Act. The filing states the "Court finds that the ends of justice served by ordering these continuances outweigh the best interests of the public and each defendant's right to a speedy trial".

The order does allow grand jury proceedings to resume.

While the above information is specific to federal court, we recently reported a man accused of the death of his girlfriend's baby claims the State of Texas has infringed upon his rights. Click here - for this full story.

Below is the special order for the Northern District of Texas

 

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