In compliance with the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance regarding Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events, the Supreme Court of Texas First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued on March 13, 2020, and out of a concern for public health, safety, and wellbeing, the 268th District Court is extending its cancellation of all Criminal and Civil Dockets through May 8, 2020.
However, all criminal cases will need to be reset in accordance with 268th District Court’s policy and procedure. To ensure the health and safety of court staff and the public, the Court has adopted the following procedure:
Off docket resets are allowed on all pending cases (ON BOND) with a scheduled court appearance up to May 8, 2020. No appearances are being requested or expected for any of these court resets.
No inmates are being brought over from the jail thru May 8, 2020. If you have an inmate on the court’s docket, please email the coordinator for a new date without a reset required. These can be rolled over to a next available date.
There will not be a prosecutor or clerk in the courtroom thru May 8, 2020. Prosecutors will only be on “stand-by” for any pleas, or essential matters that need to be handled. You will need to email Brad.Hart@fortbendcountytx.gov;Mark.Hanna@fortbendcountytx.govor Lisa.Gregg@fortbendcountytx.gov to have any pleas worked out before court and to notify of any essential hearings.
Only essential hearings or emergencies can be scheduled with the court upon request by email to the coordinator. This applies to criminal and civil cases.
Emailed resets are the preferred method. We do not want anyone making appearances to bring a signed original reset or sending their clients to sign a reset with the court.
It isthe attorney’s responsibility to get their client’s signature and email the reset back to the coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All civil hearings thru May 8, 2020 are to be rescheduled with the court by emailing the coordinator at email@example.com;
Please e-file a notice of hearing for all civil cases with the District Clerk’s Office.
Civil Trials scheduled through May 8th will need a new DCO or Scheduling Order in place. Please email the court for new dates.
Criminal Attorneys:Please distribute the 268th criminal reset within your office to use and please leave the court date blank as the court will make that determination. We just need signatures from defense attorneys and defendants and email back to the court on or before May 8, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact the court coordinator,
Elizabeth Adelekan at (281) 341-8610 or email: Elizabeth.Adelekan@fortbendcountytx.gov.
Honorable O'Neil Williams, Judge
Court Coordinator: Elizabeth Adelekan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Court Reporter: Marisol Ramos Email: email@example.com Bailiff: Alex Holcombe