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Wood County Judge


Judge Lucy Hebron
PO Box 938
Quitman, TX 75783-0938

Phone: 903-763-2716
FAX: 903-763-2902

E-Mail: E-Mail the County Judge Here

 

Court Operations Under Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic

After Texas Governor Abbott's disaster proclamation entered March 13, 2020 and subsequent Executive Orders, the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals entered multiple Emergency Orders, with the latest being their “Twelfth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster" modifying and suspending certain provisions related to court proceedings. This order applies in all courts and to all case types and is meant to provide courts with the flexibility to delay or modify proceedings as necessary to address the threat of the COVID-19 disaster. 

Due to the Court following the recommendations of the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court will contact all parties to either reschedule hearings to a date in June or to set an online videoconferencing court hearing.

All videoconferencing hearings will be conducted by ZOOM and available for viewing by clicking on the link to the Court’s YouTube account below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCetCFvNAcKksCBGoiGLLx_w

  • Each person (attorney, staff, witness) appearing at a videoconference hearing must have access to a computer or other device capable of utilizing Zoom. Zoom supports Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS platforms. The Court has a premium Zoom license and can host meetings of up to 300 participants and for an unlimited time period. All other users can use the basic Zoom license, available from Zoom at no cost.
  • All videoconference court proceedings will be broadcast over the Court's YouTube channel. The Texas Supreme Court has determined that this procedure satisfies the Open Courts Provision of the Texas Constitution.
  • No video or audio recording of the hearings is permitted.
  • Witnesses will be sworn by the Court, without the need for a notary. The Supreme Court has suspended certain procedural rules, such as those restricting remote testimony.
  • Prior to the scheduled hearing, the Court will send an email inviting all attorneys to the Zoom meeting. Attorneys, please be sure to forward the link to your client and any testifying witnesses.

Additional tips:

  • If you are not currently speaking, mute your own zoom account.
  • Multiple users should not physically be in the same room. This will prevent echoing/feedback on the equipment.
  • Please speak one at a time. Zoom conferencing works best when there is a pause between speakers, so please wait a brief moment before speaking after someone else.

NOTE: The “virtual courtroom” is subject to the same provisions as physical courtrooms. Please exercise proper courtroom decorum, including proper attire, at all times.

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