Court Coronavirus Information
The Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals, working with the Office of Court Administration are committed to ensure that justice continues to be served to all Texans in the current pandemic situation.
Current Emergency Orders Issued
In response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court has issued the following Emergency Orders that are still in effect.
Replaces Emergency Order 33 and permits courts to modify or suspend deadlines and procedures through 6/1; encourages courts to continue to use reasonable efforts to hold proceedings remotely; permits all courts to hold in-person proceedings, including jury trials, after certain actions, including adoption of minimum standard health protocols and an in-person schedule; permits courts to hold virtual jury proceedings in certain cases with technology provided to certain prospective jurors; extends the possession and access to a child provisions from previous orders; extends the ability for an attorney professional disciplinary or disability proceeding to conduct proceedings remotely.
Renews the Texas Eviction Diversion Program for tenants and landlords under a statewide rental assistance program intended to avoid evictions for tenants behind on rent. The order allows an eviction proceeding to be abated by agreement for 60 days, requires courts (including county courts hearing trials de novo on appeal from a justice court) to provide tenants with information about the program, and makes court records for participants confidential while eviction cases are delayed. The order also outlines procedure for reinstating evictions. Without such reinstatement, eviction cases will be subject to dismissal.
Eligibility for rental assistance under the program will be administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. More information and online application for rental assistance is available at the Texas Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program website.