Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Barbara Mulanax released a temporary standing order Monday on behalf of Moore County Justices of the Peace which outlines several procedural changes made in order to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus.
The order states it will remain in effect unless the Governer issues a disaster declaration and the Texas Supreme Court authorizes new rules during the disaster. At which time a new order would be issued. Governor Abbot declared a state-wide disaster declaration on Friday, March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
A few highlights to point out from the order are:
- All scheduled court proceedings prior to April 1, 2020, except for “essential court proceedings” will be reset to another date after April 1, 2020.
- No eviction setting will be held until after April 1, 2020.
- No writs of possession will be issued by a Justice Court for 60 days after the date of the order.
- For traffic/class C citations with an appearance date prior to April 1, 2020, the appearance date will be extended and the court will notify defendants of a new rescheduled appearance date.
- No warrants due to failure to appear for a traffic/Class C citation, cite-and-release charge, or summons will be issued for 60 days from this order.
View the image below to read the full order.