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Oral Hearing Docket

All motions can be set for oral hearing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  Attorneys or parties will only be allowed to appear by telephone upon receiving special permission from the Court in advance of the hearing.

All notices of hearing must be filed with the clerk’s office at least five (5) days prior to your hearing date.

IF YOU E-FILE, PLEASE ALLOW AN EXTRA TWO (2) DAYS TO PROCESS YOUR FILINGS.


Trial Settings

NON-JURY – Attorneys and parties must appear ready for trial on the morning you are set. All non-jury trials will be heard on Mondays beginning at 9:00 a.m. There are no docket positions for these cases.
Forcible entry and detainer cases will be heard on Mondays beginning at 9:30 a.m.

JURY – Jury trials are set for a two (2) week docket. The Court shall notify each party of his or her specific trial date on the day of your pre-trial conference.  Your pre-trial conference will take place at 9:00 a.m. on the Friday before your Monday trial setting. If you do not appear for your pretrial conference, your case is subject to dismissal for want of prosecution or default.

All pre-trial documents (specifically listed in your “Order for Trial Setting”) must be exchanged by the parties before the date of your pre-trial conference. Please refer to the Court’s “Order for Trial Setting” for complete instructions related to your pre-trial conference.

*Should the case settle prior to trial, please call Don Franks, Trial Coordinator, at 713-368-6610 at your earliest convenience.


Trial Continuances

The Court will honor a timely-filed vacation letter, provided the case has not already been preferentially set for trial. To assert a vacation letter, please file a motion for continuance with a copy of your vacation letter attached to your motion.

All continuances must be filed a week prior to your trial date.  The Court will generally grant a first continuance if it is uncontested; however, there is only one first continuance in each case. Any other continuance will require a showing of good cause and require a certificate of conference and an oral hearing.


Default Judgments

All motions for default judgment must be on file at least fourteen (14) days before your trial date and can be submitted to the Court without the need for an oral hearing. An oral hearing is only required to prove-up un-liquidated damages.

Homeowners’ Associations seeking a judicial foreclosure must set their motion for an oral hearing and have a board member present at the hearing.


Rule 106 Motions

Rule 106 motions can be submitted to the Court without the need for an oral hearing.


Plaintiffs' Nonsuits and Agreed Judgments

Plaintiffs’ non-suits and agreed judgments can be submitted to the Court for signature without the need for an oral hearing. If your case is currently set for trial or entry, please submit any non-suits or agreed judgments one (1) week in advance.


Petitions for Occupational Licenses

Petitions for occupational licenses are heard Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. with proper notice to the Court and to the County Attorney. Before sending in your notice of hearing, please contact the court clerk to check for availability. Bring your proof of insurance and your SR-22 with you on the day of your hearing.


Instructions for Mediators

The Court’s notification to the parties of your appointment as mediator will be the only notification you receive. Once appointed, please contact the parties to schedule mediation. Once you have concluded the mediation, please inform the Court whether the matter was resolved. If the parties refuse to mediate, please advise the Court of such.


Courtroom Audio/Video Equipment

All courtrooms have state of the art audio/video equipment, including an ELMO (document camera), computer inputs, projectors, TV screens, AND VCR & DVD players. Attorneys are encouraged to use the ELMO to present exhibits to the jury. If you are unfamiliar with its use, arrange with the bailiff to come to the courtroom early and learn. Please refer to the attached Web link for detailed instructions on use of the audiovisual equipment:
http://www.justex.net/CivilCenter/CivilCourtTechnology.aspx


Useful Links

For proper filing procedures, please visit the County Clerk’s Web site:
http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/Home.aspx

Court Holidays and Dead Weeks:
http://www.justex.net/FAQ.aspx

Downloadable Forms
http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/Civil/Downloadable_Forms.aspx

Ordering copies
http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/Civil/Ordering.aspx


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