The Following Procedure will no longer be utilized by the Court effective April 1, 2023: Plea and Non-Issue dockets are held on designated days. Please reference the Court’s Calendar on the County Clerks website to determine which days are currently scheduled. Criminal cases must be electronically reset via e-file. A blank reset form for criminal cases may be downloaded from the Court’s website under the Documents and Forms tab. The reset must be dated and signed by both the Attorney and Defendant (or with permission of the Defendant) and e-filed (with electronic notice to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, NOT the Court) no later than 5:00 p.m. the day of the hearing/docket, but no earlier than seven (7) days prior to docket call. Failure to submit a reset timely may subject the Defendant to a bond forfeiture or a failure to appear. Sarah Toler, the Court Coordinator will have fourteen (14) days from the docket date to return a fully executed reset to all parties by email. Pro Se defendants may file their reset in person with the County Clerk’s Office.
If you intend to plea your client to the alleged charges, you must complete all plea paperwork prior to the scheduled plea. The plea paperwork may be turned in prior to the plea date or at the time of the hearing. Failure to complete the paperwork prior to the plea docket shall result in the case being removed from the plea docket.
Jury Trial Dockets
Jury trials are scheduled on designated days. Pre-trial conferences will be held on all cases set for trial. All parties will appear for the Pre-Trial Conference in-person. All motions filed in the cause will be heard at the Pre-Trial Conference. The Court will accept pleas at the Pre-Trial Conference, but plea paperwork must be completed in accordance with the procedure stated in the above Pleas/Non-Issue Dockets section.
MAG and MRP Dockets
MAG and MRP dockets are scheduled by Judge Christopher G. Morales on Friday mornings. MAG and MRP dockets will be held in-person, unless otherwise noted by the Court.
The Jail Arraignment Docket is heard by Judge Christopher G. Morales on Friday mornings at 9:00 A.M. The deadline for attorneys to schedule an inmate on the docket is 12:00 PM on the Wednesday preceding Friday’s docket. To schedule a hearing, please contact the Court Coordinator, Sarah Toler.
Court Appointed Attorneys
In accordance with the County Courts at Law’s recent policy changes regarding attorney fee vouchers, all attorneys will electronically submit their fee vouchers utilizing this Fee Voucher Link.