Court Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Emergency Orders 

The Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals, working with the Office of Court Administration are committed to ensure that justice continues to be served to all Texans in the current pandemic situation.

Current Emergency Orders Issued

In response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court has issued the following Emergency Orders that are still in effect.

Emergency Order 19 - Issued 07/03/2020

Cancels the July bar exam, leaves in place the September 9-10 bar exam subject to guidance from public health authorities, and approves an online bar exam on October 5-6.

Emergency Order 22 - Issued 08/06/2020 (expires 9/30 and replaced by Emergency Order 26 on 10/1)

Extends and amends the 18th Emergency Order, prohibits jury proceedings until October 1 but authorizes limited number of jury proceedings under certain conditions.

Emergency Order 23 - Issued 08/13/2020

Extends the deadline for payment of State Bar membership fees is extended to October 31, 2020.

Emergency Order 25 - Issued 09/17/2020

Requires certain information in an eviction petition and included with an eviction citation; limits proceeding with eviction proceedings in certain circumstances.

Emergency Order 26 - Issued 09/18/2020 (effective on 10/1)

Replaces Emergency Order 22 on 10/1 and permits courts to modify or suspend deadlines and procedures through 12/1; requires courts to continue to use all reasonable efforts to hold proceedings remotely and to follow OCA's Guidance for All Court Proceedings; prohibits Justice and Municipal Courts from holding an in-person jury proceeding prior to 12/1; permits district, county, and probate courts to hold in-person jury trials after certain actions; permits courts to hold virtual jury proceedings in certain cases with certain technology provided to prospective jurors; extends the possession and access to a child provisions from previous orders; extends the ability for an attorney professional disciplinary or disability proceeding to conduct proceedings remotely.