Based upon information received from the Supreme Court of Texas and David L. Evans, Presiding Judge Eighth Administrative Judicial Region, the Joshua Municipal Court will delay all in-person proceedings of any size until at least May 8, 2020.
Previously, all Texas courts were directly ordered to modify or suspend all deadlines and procedures when appropriate to avoid risk to court staff, parties, jurors, attorneys, and the public. The Supreme Court of Texas’ Third Emergency Order² clarified as follows:
Courts must not conduct non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size.
Governor Abbott has by executive order directed that “every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.”
In the present state of disaster, it is critical that courts remain open at all times to handle essential matters. It is just as critical that procedures be used to avoid risk to court staff and to the public, and that non-essential proceedings be delayed.
Based on the above information, I have ordered all “in person” dockets reset until after May 8, 2020. This includes initial appearances, show cause hearings, pre-trial, bench trials and jury trials.
The clerk’s office will remain available (as determined by the City of Joshua) by phone, fax, or email during normal city hall business hours and will continue to process motions, pleas, and other filings. Phone, email, mail and fax communications will still be processed.
This partial closure does not change any warrants, magistrations, or emergency orders.
Joshua Municipal Court