378th Judicial District Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COVID-19 Child Custody Possession and Access Notice


IN THE SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS
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Misc. Docket No. 20-9043
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SECOND EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING
THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER
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ORDERED that:

  1. Governor Abbott has declared a state of disaster in all 254 counties in the State of
    Texas in response to the imminent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. This order is issued pursuant to Section 22.0035(b) of the Texas Government Code.
  2. 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 COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Nothing herein prevents parties from altering a possession schedule by agreement
    if allowed by their court order(s), or courts from modifying their orders.
  4. This Order is effective as of March 13, 2020, and expires May 8, 2020, unless
    extended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
  5. The Clerk of the Supreme Court is directed to:
         a. post a copy of this Order on www.txcourts.gov;
         b. file a copy of this Order with the Secretary of State; and
         c. send a copy of this Order to the Governor, the Attorney General, and each
             member of the Legislature.
  6. The State Bar of Texas is directed to take all reasonable steps to notify members
    of the Texas bar of this Order.

Dated: March 17, 2020

Misc. Docket No. 20-9043

Official Order Notice

IMMEDIATE RELEASE REGARDING EXTENDED SPRING BREAK AND COVID-19

To All Counsel & Parties:

For all counsel and parties with pending actions, as well as all counsel and parties in cases where continuing exclusive jurisdiction resides, in the 378th Judicial District Court, Ellis County, Texas…

Any school suspensions or extensions of Spring Break in the wake of the Coronavirus, beyond the originally scheduled Spring Break, are not an extension of the Spring Break Holiday as contemplated in the Texas Family Code or in any filed temporary or final orders of this court.

Any conflicts or concerns regarding this matter should be handled preemptively by counsel and not as the result of any ‘self-help’ by any party.

Children subject to an order of this court, whose school has suspended student attendance beyond the spring break period should be returned to the other custodian at the same time ordinarily specified in their orders. Any agreements to the contrary should be in writing and signed by both parties.                                  

William D. Wallace

Presiding Judge

WDW/wdw


JOINT COVID-19 MITIGATION AND DOCKET CONTROL PLAN

Letter Supplement to Joint COVID-19 Docket Control Plan

Plan Delineating How the Ellis County District Courts and County Courts at Law Will Function During the Initial Stages of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency

March 18, 2020

New COVID-19 Procedures and Setting Request Form

Duties

The 378th Judicial District Court of Ellis County presides over:

  • Adoptions
  • Divorce Cases
  • Other suits affecting the parent / child relationship
  • Name Changes

Docket Settings

“Se puede solicitar servicios de interpretación. Tenga la bondad de informárselo al personal del tribunal al pedir su audiencia, o al momento de recibir confirmación de la misma.”