The Texas Supreme Court and The Office of Court Administration (OCA) have deemed that all non-critical, in-person, court proceedings should be suspended. However, technology and State law allows options not previously available. As such, Tarrant County Justice Court Pct. 1 will continue to conduct trials if the parties have the technology to do so. The following restrictions and limitations will apply. In some instances a case is not appropriate for an E-Hearing/E-Trial alternative; therefore, those cases will be postponed.
PROCEDURES FOR E-HEARINGS/E-TRIALS
Tarrant County Justice Court Pct. 1 will be using Zoom video conferencing. It is free to download at zoom.us or you can download the app directly to your smart phone. To participate, the Court must have your e-mail address no later than 12-noon the last business day before the hearing. An E-Hearing/E-Trial requires that your e-mail address be shared with the other party. This is to facilitate sharing of exhibits prior to hearing/trials. Your computer must have internet access, a video camera and a microphone. You can find your log-in information in the attached setting letter or e-mail.
Exhibits must be e-mailed to all parties and E-Filed to the Court by no later than 12-noon the business day before the E-Hearing/E-Trial. Any objections to exhibits will be addressed by the Court at E-Hearing/E-Trial. The subject of the email should be the full case number “—Plaintiff Exhibits” or (cause number “—Defendant Exhibits”). The documents must be legible and in .pdf format. The Court may not consider any exhibits not emailed to the Court in a timely manner. If you fail to follow the exhibit requirement these exhibits may not be considered during E-Hearing/E-Trial.
Witnesses MUST appear by video conferencing. Parties calling a witness are responsible for ensuring that a witness has a separate video and audio feed, or all those present are clearly visible and can be heard if the video feed is shared. All witnesses should be prepared to present a valid form of identification to verify their identity to the Court over the video feed. It is the responsibility of the party offering the witness to ensure that the witness has the link to the proceedings and that all exhibits are available to the witness, including those of opposing parties.
FOR THE PUBLIC:
The open courts provision of Texas law allows all Texans access to court proceedings. As such anyone may call the court at 817-884-1395 to get access codes to E-Hearing/E-Trial. If you are viewing, please mute your connection to prevent disruption to the proceedings. The public may view or listen to proceedings but video or audio recording of any kind is prohibited.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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