Order from Texas Supreme Court

Yesterday there was much chaos in the criminal justice system as word traveled about exposure to the virus in the courthouse. Had the local officials heeded the advice of the Federal officials, this may have been avoided.  My personal thoughts are if the counties will just shut down for the next week or two, then we will get this behind us sooner rather than later.  However, at this moment, I am still set for 3 court appearances/hearings next week.

Here is the latest order from the Texas Supreme Court…

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS

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Misc. Docket No. 20-9044

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IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TEXAS

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Misc. Docket No. 20-008

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THIRD EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING

THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER

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ORDERED that:

1. Governor Abbott has declared a state of disaster in all 254 counties in the State of

Texas in response to the imminent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. This order is issued pursuant to Section 22.0035(b) of the Texas Government Code.

2. With respect to the First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of

Disaster issued March 13, 2020:

a. Paragraph 2(d) is amended as follows: Conduct proceedings away from the

court’s usual location with reasonable notice and access to the participants and the public;

b. Only to clarify, Paragraph 2(a) of the Order applies to all proceedings under

Subtitle E, Title 5, of the Family Code, and specifically, to the deadlines in Section

263.401, which may or must be modified or suspended, as clearly stated in the Order, to

avoid the risks of disaster and still protect the interests of all involved in these difficult

circumstances.

3. Courts must not conduct non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local,

state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size.

4. This Order expires May 8, 2020, unless extended by the Chief Justice of the

Supreme Court.

5. The Clerk of the Supreme Court is directed to:

a. post a copy of this Order on www.txcourts.gov;

b. file a copy of this Order with the Secretary of State; and

c. send a copy of this Order to the Governor, the Attorney General, and each

member of the Legislature.

6. The State Bar of Texas is directed to take all reasonable steps to notify members of

the Texas bar of this Order.

Dated: March 19, 2020

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