Supreme Court of Texas

Emergency Order 1 | March 13, 2020

The Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals have issued an Emergency Order that outlines numerous modifications to deadlines, procedures, and operations that courts can make in response the Governor’s COVID-19 disaster declaration. The full order can be found here.

Emergency Order 2 | March 17, 2020

This order applies to and clarifies possession schedules in Suits Affecting the Parent–Child Relationship. For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the original published school schedule shall control in all instances. Possession and access shall not be affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic, including what is commonly referred to as the COVID19 pandemic. The full order can be found here.

Emergency Order 3 | March 19, 2020 

With respect to the First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued March 13, 2020: a. Paragraph 2(d) is amended as follows: Conduct proceedings away from the court’s usual location with reasonable notice and access to the participants and the public; b. Only to clarify, Paragraph 2(a) of the Order applies to all proceedings under Subtitle E, Title 5, of the Family Code, and specifically, to the deadlines in Section 263.401, which may or must be modified or suspended, as clearly stated in the Order, to avoid the risks of disaster and still protect the interests of all involved in these difficult circumstances. 3. Courts must not conduct non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size. The full order can be found here.

Emergency Order 4 | March 19, 2020

The Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order suspending residential eviction proceedings through April 19, 2020, unless there is a threat of physical harm or criminal activity.

Access the full order here.

Emergency Order 5  | March 20, 2020

All deadlines, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, related to attorney professional disciplinary and disability proceedings are tolled while this Order remains in effect.

Access the full order here.

Emergency Order 6 | March 22, 2020

Because of uncertainty regarding the feasibility of handling paper ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 elections for presidents-elect and directors of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association must be conducted online only, by electronic vote, and not by paper ballot. The voting period is extended to May 29, 2020, at 5:00pm.  

Access the full order here

Texas Attorney General

March 19, 2020

The Attorney General of Texas Catastrophe Notice - Section 552.233 of the Government Code

Pursuant to section 552.233(b) of the Government Code, a governmental body may suspend the applicability of the requirements of the Public Information Act (the “PIA”) if the governmental body is currently impacted by a catastrophe and provides proper notice in accordance with this section.  In order to suspend the requirements of the PIA, a governmental must provide notice to the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) in accordance with sections 552.233(c) and 552.233(e) of the Government Code.  The OAG is required to post a copy of a catastrophe notice provided under this section on its website for one calendar year from the date the OAG received a copy of the notice.  

Access here.

Access the Governor's Press Release here.

Access the Attorney General's Press Release here.

Governor's Office

March 19, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott today announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Access the Governor's Executive orders here.