Honorable Toni M. Wallace, Judge
In compliance with the 38th Emergency Order issued by the Texas Supreme Court, and the Order of the Local Administrative Judge R. O’Neil Williams, County Court at Law No. 4 will continue to use all reasonable efforts to conduct proceedings remotely. Jury trials have resumed effective June 1st, in accordance with all requirements as listed in the 36th Emergency Order and Trial Protocols issued by the Local Administrative Judge. Thus, most hearings will continue via Zoom. These hearings include but are not limited to criminal plea dockets, criminal motions dockets, uncontested probate dockets, and all civil motion dockets.
If your hearing is scheduled via Zoom, you will receive an email from the Court with the Zoom link to access the hearing. Attorneys have the option to appear via Zoom or in person for pleas.
You may view a live stream of these proceedings on the Court’s YouTube channel. Per guidance from the Office of Court Administration, this channel adheres to the open courts provision of the Texas Constitution.
CRIMINAL CASES: Resets are Required for all Misdemeanor Cases
It is the Defendant’s responsibility to stay in contact with their bondsman and their attorney.
COURT COSTS RESETS
All Jury Trials have resumed in CCL4 beginning June 2021. Once a case is set for trial, a pre-trial conference date will be determined. THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEFENDANT TO ACCEPT A PLEA OFFER IS ON THE DAY OF PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE. NO PLEAS WILL BE TAKEN ON TRIAL DAY.
CCL4 MASK POLICY
Per the Office of Court Administrations Best Practices for All Court Proceedings During COVID-19 Pandemic (Effective May 2021), “Cloth face coverings, at a minimum, should be encouraged of unvaccinated court participants or individuals planning to enter courtrooms or court-related offices while in the courthouse. Participants or individuals who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering.”
All participants and individuals entering County Court at Law No. 4 are required to wear a face covering.
The Court requests the public’s patience and understanding during this time. We are committed to following the guidelines established by the CDC and the Supreme Court of Texas.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Court Coordinator, and please have patience as she works to answer your questions.
NOTICE OF ACCOMMODATIONS FOR AT-RISK INDIVIDUALS
Due to COVID-19 many individuals are considered “at-risk” members of the vulnerable population. These members include but are not limited to individuals who are over 65 and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions. If you believe you are a member of this vulnerable population please contact the court coordinator Jenica Salazar via email at Jenica.Salazar@fortbendcountytx.gov or call 281-238-1995 – *provide your full name, cause number and contact information* – to advise the court regarding your need for special accommodations and a specialized docket to ensure your continued safety.
The Honorable Toni M. Wallaceis the Presiding Judge of County Court at Law Number Four in Fort Bend County, Texas. She recently served a 2-year term as the Administrative Judge for all the County Courts in Fort Bend County. And her court is the home of CORE, the Girl's Court for Juveniles in Fort Bend County, which serves juvenile girls who have been identified as being at-risk for or victims of human trafficking. Judge Wallace believes that her court belongs to the people of Fort Bend County and enjoys the privilege of serving Fort Bend County.
Judge Wallace began her legal career as a defense attorney, practicing in civil courts all over the state. She served as a prosecutor in the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office for 5 years. Judge Wallace made history in 2016 when she became the first African American Female Judge ever appointed to a county court in Fort Bend County. She was the inaugural judge for County Court at Law Number Five. In 2018, she made history again when she was among the first African Americans ever elected to a court in Fort Bend County. Judge Wallace recognizes the significance of her accomplishments and strives every day to serve with honor, integrity, wisdom, and fairness, all while following the letter of the law.
Judge Wallace is a proud resident of Fort Bend County, and a graduate of Dulles High School. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas and her JD from South Texas College of Law Houston. When she’s not presiding in her courtroom, she enjoys a good book, serving her community, and spending time with her family. As a breast cancer survivor warrior, she celebrates the blessing of her 20-year marriage to Rev. Quinton Wallace and their 3 amazing children.
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Richmond, TX 77469
County Court at Law No.4
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX 77469
NOTICE OF LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES
FORT BEND COUNTY COURTS AT LAW AND DISTRICT COURTS ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO COURT SERVICES FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) PERSONS. LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH A COURT PROCEEDING WHO HAS DIFFICULTY COMMUNICATING IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE OR WHO NEEDS A DOCUMENT TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH, YOU MAY REQUEST LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES FREE OF CHARGE. TO REQUEST INTERPERETATION OR TRANSLATION SERVICED FOR THE FORT BEND COUNTY COURTS, PLEASE VISIT THE LANGUAGE ACCESS WEBPAGE.