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CIVIL MATTERS

Remote Appearance
This Court permits attorneys to appear remotely by video via CourtCall for most non-evidentiary pre-trial hearings. To set up your CourtCall Appearance call 1-888-882-6878 at least three days prior to your scheduled hearing date. Additional information is available at www.courtcall.com

Oral Hearings
Civil motions are heard on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. by Associate Judge Andrew Dornburg. It is the responsibility of the party filing a motion to contact Ms. Kourtney Greenville, Court Coordinator for Judge Dornburg and obtain a hearing date. Requests may be made by telephone at (281) 341-4424 or by email to kourtney.greenville@fortbendcountytx.gov . All notices of a hearing must be filed with the clerk’s office prior to the hearing date and in accordance with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

Scheduling Order
In accordance with Rules 166, 190 and 192 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court will enter a Uniform Scheduling Order in all cases filed in the Court, setting out mediation requirements, discovery deadlines and scheduling the trial date.

Continuances
All requests for continuances must be by formal written motion and filed with the County Clerk’s office at least one week prior to trial, unless the request is due to an emergency. Unless otherwise stated, all motions for continuances are heard by Judge Christopher G. Morales and require an oral hearing. Contact Ms. Regina G. Green, Court Coordinator, at (832) 471-2822 or by email at regina.green@fortbendcountytx.gov  to schedule a hearing.

Dismissal Docket
Attorneys with cases set on the Dismissal for Want of Prosecution (DWOP) dockets must appear at the docket call. If you are filing a Motion to Retain, please make sure it is properly verified and filed within ten (10) days prior to the DWOP docket. The filing of a motion to retain does not excuse your appearance at the DWOP docket. The DWOP docket is heard by Judge Christopher G. Morales.

JP Eviction Appeals and Forcible Detainers
Eviction appeals and forcible detainers will be are heard by Associate Judge Andrew Dornburg on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Ms. Kourtney Greenville, Court Coordinator, by telephone at (281) 341-4424 or by email at kourtney.greenville@fortbendcountytx.gov  to schedule a hearing.

Occupational or Restricted Licenses
Applications for Occupational or Restricted Licenses are heard by Associate Judge H. Everett Kennedy on Fridays at 9:00 AM. Please contact Ms. Lisa Wallingford, Court Coordinator by email lisa.wallingford@fortbendcountytx.gov to schedule a hearing. The deadline to schedule a hearing is, without exception, at 3:00 PM on the Wednesday preceding Friday's docket.

Pro Se Litigants
The Court is prohibited from providing legal advice or assisting in the preparation of lawsuits. The Court will only offer general information. There is a pro se self-help manual located in the Fort Bend County Law Library that offers information to litigants that choose to represent themselves. The Law Library is located in the Fort Bend County Justice Center ,1422 Eugene Heimann Circle Room 30298, Richmond, Texas. For more information, please contact Mr. Andrew Bennett, Law Librarian, at (281) 341-3718. Additional help may be found at www.Texaslawhelp.org or at https://selfhelp.efiletexas.gov/srl

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Last updated: 2/16/2017 8:01:36 AM