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.

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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.