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Texas Supreme Court Emergency Order 38

Remote Hearing Still Strongly Encouraged

The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its 38th Emergency Order of the COVID-19 pandemic. This replaces Emergency Order 36 and permits courts to modify or suspend deadlines and procedures through 8/1; encourages courts to continue to use reasonable efforts to hold proceedings remotely; permits all courts to hold in-person proceedings, including jury trials, after certain actions, including the adoption of minimum standard health protocols and an in-person schedule; permits courts to hold virtual jury proceedings in certain cases with technology provided to certain prospective jurors; extends the possession and access to a child provisions from previous orders; extends the ability for an attorney professional disciplinary or disability proceeding to conduct proceedings remotely.