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Honorable Juli Mathew, Judge

Important Notice

 

AMENDED FORT BEND COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 3 APPEARANCE POLICY

(Effective March 27, 2020)

In accordance with the Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 15, 2020; the Supreme Court of Texas First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster dated March 13, 2020; and the Fort Bend County Community Guidelines for COVID-19 issued March 16, 2020; and in consideration of protecting the health of our community, ALL DOCKETS (CIVIL AND CRIMINAL) IN THE COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 3, IN FORT BEND COUNTY ARE HEREBY CANCELED UNTIL May 8, 2020, with the following exceptions:

ESSENTIAL PROCEEDINGS:

  • Criminal Magistration Proceedings
  • Juvenile Detention Hearings
  • Certain Mental Health Proceedings
  • Temporary Restraining Orders/ Temporary Injunctions (as needed)
  • Jail Disposition Proceedings

A limited number of participants will be permitted in the courtroom for these essential proceedings. Any court participants will be screened in accordance with CDC Guidelines. If you are feeling sick, do not come to the courthouse. Instead, contact the Court Coordinator to receive further instructions. Remote participation is encouraged and permitted for all proceedings.All other proceedings may be characterized as "non-essential" proceedings.

Each Court will handle non-essential proceedings at their discretion. Please contact the

Court's Coordinator via email for further instruction.

CRIMINAL CASES

All criminal cases need to be reset for a later date. To ensure the health and safety of court staff and the public, all criminal cases will be reset in this manner:

  • Defendant's attorney must obtain a reset from the Court Coordinator, Linda Avila via email at Linda.Avila@fortbendcountytx.gov. The Court will allow the Defendant's attorney to sign the reset on the Defendant's behalf, with the Defendants permission. The attorney must return the signed reset form via email to the Court Coordinator.
  • If the Defendant does not have an attorney, either retained or appointed, the Defendant must contact the Court Coordinator via email at

    Linda.Avila@fortbendcountytx.gov. If you do not have access to email, you must contact the Court Coordinator via telephone at (281) 341-4429. If you leave a voice mail message, you must state your name, your cause number and the best phone number for a return call.

  • It is the Defendant's responsibility to stay in contact with your bondsman and your attorney.
  • Defense attorneys it is also your responsibility to stay in contact with your client.

Arrest warrants for missing court will not be issued during this time. If you miss court for any reason, please contact the Court's Coordinator to receive further instructions on how to reset your case (s). All resets must be handled by May 8, 2020, or must have contacted the Court Coordinator by that date.

JURY TRIALS

Jury trials for Defendants on Bond in Fort Bend County Courts at Law will be SUSPENDED for at least 8 weeks, until May 8, 2020.

CIVIL CASES/PROBATE CASES

Each Court will handle Civil & Probate matters at their discretion. Please review the Court's website or contact the Court Coordinator for instructions. In regard to probate cases, please contact Benny.Charles@fortbendcountytx.gov.

The CCL judges ask that the public be patient and understanding during this time. Our goal is to reduce the impact of the coronavirus on parties, jurors, judges and staff. We are committed to following the guidelines established by the CDC and the Supreme Court of Texas. Please look to the Courts' websites for further details and information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Court Coordinator, and have patience as they work to answer your questions.

Important Notice

Attorneys with cases set on the Dismissal for Want of Prosecution (DWOP) dockets in this Court need to appear for these dockets if you have already had at least one (1) Order to Retain granted in the past. If you are filing your first Motion to Retain, please make sure it is properly verified and filed within ten (10) days prior to the DWOP docket.

 

Judge-Juli-Mathew

The Honorable Judge Juli A. Mathew was elected to County Court at Law 3 in 2018 after having been Associate Municipal Judge in Arcola, TX and a practicing attorney for 15 years with experience in mass tort, civil litigation, probate, and criminal matters in Fort Bend and surrounding counties including Harris, Montgomery, Galveston and Brazoria.

Judge Mathew, a Fort Bend resident of almost two decades, is a proud immigrant from Kerala, India, is bilingual in Malayalam and English, and is the first Asian American woman ever to be elected in Fort Bend County.

Judge Mathew grew up in Philadelphia and attended Penn State University before attending Delaware Law School for her Juris Doctorate. A few of her academic achievements include:

  • Alpha Class member of the Asian American service sorority Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
  • Studied abroad at University of Leiden, The Netherlands about the Dutch Criminal Justice System
  • President, Student Government Association at Penn State Abington
  • Citation for Leadership from Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Environmental Law Clinic & Trial Advocacy Program at Delaware Law School

In addition to her service to the community through various capacities, Judge Mathew is a wife and mother of three beautiful daughters. She is committed to serving every Fort Bend resident with understanding, fairness, and justice.


Office Address
Fort Bend County Justice Center
1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Courtroom 2D
Richmond, TX. 77469

Mailing Address
County Court at Law No.3
301 Jackson Street, Room 101
Richmond, TX. 77469

Telephone
281-341-4429

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - Noon; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM