No new jury trials in Tarrant County until April 20
Tarrant County and the Tarrant County justice system remain operational under normal procedures with the following exceptions:
· Tarrant County Judges have received guidance from the Texas Office of Court Administration restricting operations to essential functions until April 1, 2020.
· Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, the Tarrant County Judges have decided that there will be no new jury trials and reduced dockets until April 20, 2020. The decision impacts criminal district courts, county criminal courts, county courts at law, civil, family and probate courts as well as Tarrant County Justice of the Peace courts. However, any jury service that has already started will continue as scheduled.
· Tarrant County Jury Services is cancelled until April 17, 2020.
These decisions were made following guidance from Tarrant County Public Health and the Texas Office of Court Administration out of an abundance of caution to reduce the number of gatherings in close quarters.
Tarrant County and the Tarrant County justice system will continue to operate under normal procedures. There are many county functions that can be handled online such as paying your taxes, vehicle registration, and making court-ordered payments. The Tarrant County District Clerk’s Office is still taking court fines and accepting payments in person for fines, court fees and court costs.
It is important to note that Tarrant County remains open.
News release date: March 13, 2020