District Clerk’s Office closed to the public

Based on forecasted weather and traffic conditions, which are expected to be treacherous, Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel today announced that jury duty has again been canceled for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, January 17 and any individual scheduled for jury service may disregard the summons with no further action required on their part. Additionally, Daniel indicated that the Harris County District Clerk’s Office would also close on Wednesday in consideration of public and DCO employee safety. Daniel added that, despite the closure of the District Clerk’s Office, all courts that are required or choose to operate on Wednesday will be staffed by the required District Clerk personnel.

“We take our duty to the courts and the people of Harris County very seriously and will fulfill our obligation to staff the courts and ensure their continued operation.”

Courts will be open on a court-by-court basis at their individual discretion. A list of court statuses is included on page 2 of this release. For additional information regarding court closures, the public may visit www.justex.net for District Court closures or www.ccl.hctx.net for County Court closures.

DISTRICT COURT FELONY BOND DOCKETS
The following Courts have announced they will be CLOSED tomorrow, WEDNESDAY, January 17, 2018:
174th, 176th, 177th, 178th, 180th, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 208th, 209th, 228th, 230th, 232nd, 248th, 262nd, 263rd, 337th, 338th, 339th, 351st and RIC.

JAIL DOCKETS
The 179th WILL conduct a 9am docket for defendants in custody.
The Reintegration Court Docket (RIC) WILL conduct its docket at 1PM for defendants in custody.
The 177th WILL conduct a 1PM docket for defendants in custody.
The 178th WILL NOT conduct a 1PM jail docket.

JUVENILE COURTS
313, 314, and 315th Courts have cancelled dockets for tomorrow 1/17/18. The 315th 1:30p.m.
Delinquency Docket was reset to 1/31/18 at 1:30p.m. in the Detention center. All Detention hearings scheduled tomorrow are being moved to Thursday 1/18/18.

FAMILY COURTS
In an attempt to simplify notices and give consistency to the public and the Family Bar this is the new policy (EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY) of the Harris County Family Trial Division. ALL of the family courts will now follow the announcement of HISD. If HISD cancels then there will be no docket calls in any of the Family courts (court will be open unless the building is closed by the county though). If HISD starts late then the courts will call docket if docket start time is AFTER the HISD start time and will not call docket if docket start time is BEFORE the HISD start time. Pref set trials should be handled directly with the court though. IF the building is closed then all the courts are closed. You may now rely on this rule unless a specify court puts out something independently.

Due to the inclement weather and shortage of available court clerks, the Family Courts will NOT hear UNCONTESTED MATTERS Wednesday morning.

CIVIL COURTS
The 11th and 165th District Courts and Tax Court will be Closed Wednesday, Jan 17.