IMPORTANT NOTICE (updated on 03/30/20):
Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn signed Special Order No. 13-5, Special Order No. 13-6, Special Order No. 13-7, Special Order No. 13-8, and Special Order No. 13-9 concerning Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Effective Monday, March 16, the district clerk’s office will not accept criminal debt payments (fines or restitution) in person. Defendants may mail payments to the district clerk’s office. However, a defendant will not be deemed delinquent for failure to make a criminal debt payment between March 16, 2020, and May 1, 2020.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. District Clerk’s Office and the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office in the Dallas Division will provide public service, including a public kiosk for CM/ECF access, on the First Floor of the Earle Cabell Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Room 144. This room is on the northwest side of the building, closest to the Commerce Street entrance. When entering on Commerce, make an immediate right past the guard station. Signs will direct you to room 144. The District Clerk’s Office lobby on the 14th floor and the Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office lobby on the 12th floor will not be accessible to the public until May 1.
Although court offices remain open to serve the public, please be advised that you should not come into a courthouse facility in the Northern District of Texas if you: (1) are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath, have a fever, or are coughing or sneezing; (2) have traveled within the last 14 days to any of the countries for which the CDC has issued a Level 3 or Level 2 Travel Health Notice, or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to one of these countries within the last 14 days; or (3) have been asked to self-quarantine by any hospital or health agency or have been diagnosed with or had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days. If you need assistance from the court and fall into one of these categories, please contact the court by either calling the district clerk’s office at one of the numbers listed in the online directory or emailing the clerk’s office through the court's website. If you are scheduled to appear before a judge and fall into one of these categories, immediately contact the assigned judge’s chambers for further instructions.