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EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 2 IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS
 
In an attempt to balance continuity of service with community safety, County Court No. 2 will immediately implement the following court procedures.  These procedures will be in effect until 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2020:
 
Criminal Dockets
All Jury trials will be reset. 
Appearance at Pre-Trial will be made by completing the pretrial report and submitting it to the court electronically (email preferred) prior to the scheduled pretrial date.  
All misdemeanor bond dockets have been reset.
Most criminal hearings have been reset.  
The court will send notice of the reset date to all Attorneys of record (via email) or unrepresented Defendants (to the address in the court’s official file record).  
If you are a Defendant, it is your responsibility to contact your attorney, bonding company (or pretrial release) or search the County Clerk’s website to obtain information about your new court date.
You are expected to appear at the reset date.  Failure to appear in court on the reset date will result in a warrant for your arrest and a requirement that you post another bond.
 Family Dockets
All Jury trials will be reset. 
Appearance at Pre-Trial will be made by completing the pretrial report and submitting it to the court electronically, prior to the scheduled pretrial date. 
Most non-essential family law hearings have been reset.  
 
Emergency hearings will heard on a case-by-case basis.  To request a hearing on an essential matter:  After you have filed your pleadings, please email the Court at wendy.broughton@co.galveston.tx.us.
Temporarily, hearings for temporary orders will be scheduled 45-60 days from the request date.  The Parties and Counsel shall attend mediation (preferably electronically) prior to the hearing date.  The Parties may select their own mediator.  For a list of Mediators available electronically, see our court webpage.
Uncontested matters shall be finalized by affidavit.   
 
Civil Docket
All Jury trials will be reset. 
Appearance at Pre-Trial will be made by completing the pretrial report and submitting it to the court electronically, prior to the scheduled pretrial date.
Most civil law hearings have been reset. 
Emergency hearings will heard on a case-by-case basis.  Please email the Court at wendy.broughton@co.galveston.tx.us to request a hearing date on urgent matters.  
General Information
In family and civil matters, the court will send notice of the reset date to the moving party.  The Movant is responsible for noticing the opposing party and providing proof thereof. 
 
However, if you are a Party, it is your responsibility to contact your attorney or search the County or District Clerk’s website to get information about your new court date.   
 
 
If you fail to appear for your court date and proper notice is given, a default judgment may be entered against you.
 
Attorneys in family and civil cases, if you email the court with your preference of reset dates, we will attempt to accommodate you.  
 
Should you require a hearing and prefer to appear telephonically, notify the Court electronically; and we will accommodate you. 
 
Understand that even in emergency hearings, no more than six (6) people will be allowed in the courtroom at one time.  This number includes the Attorney and the Party.
Rest assured:  The court remains operational and available.  We are simply practicing social responsibility during this uncertain time.  
 
Thank you for your understanding.  Stay safe…
 
Kerri Foley
Judge, County Court at Law No. 2
 
 
 
600 59th Street, Suite 2204
Galveston, Texas 77551-4180
Phone (409) 766-2405
FAX (409) 795-3034
 
 
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Judicial Code of Conduct Cannon 3 Section A(5)
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