Procedures and Filings
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|1||Does the court accept filings by email or fax?||The court does not accept filings by fax or email. Those arrangements must be made with the Tarrant County District Clerk's Office.|
|2||What is your procedure concerning preferential settings of cases?||There must be some compelling reason to preferentially set a case, such as litigants and/or witnesses live outside of the DFW area, age of case, sensitivity of issues.|
|3||What procedures should be followed to obtain an expedited hearing?||A motion for an expedited hearing should be filed detailing the reason there is a need for an expedited hearing. Motion should be accompanied with a notice of hearing.|
|4||What are your procedures for pre-trial conferences?||
Cases approaching six months in age will be set for pre-trial conference by the court. Attorneys may also request a pre-trial conference at any time. A pre-trial scheduling order will be issued at the conclusion of the pre-trial conference.
Litigants and attorneys are expected to know the contested issues, whether or not a jury trial will be necessary, and the anticipated length of the trial.
Most pre-trial conferences are scheduled on Fridays. Attorneys may appear by telephone conference call at pre-trial conferences.
|5||What is your procedure for continuing trials? How early will you grant/deny a request and how early do you want the request made?||
Requests to continue a final trial must be made in writing and signed by the attorney and their client. Requests should be made as soon as the need for a continuance becomes apparent.
Whether or not a continuance will be granted depends on the facts and circumstances of that particular case.
|6||What are your procedures for referring cases to alternate dispute resolution before temporary orders? Before trial?||
Unless there are allegations of abuse toward a spouse or child, most cases are referred to mediation. The court will attempt to reach a consensus as to the selection of the mediator.
Depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, a case may be referred to ADR before temporary orders upon request of either of the parties or upon the motion of the court.