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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

Special Order 13: Court Orders and Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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UPDATE: The district clerk’s office will not accept criminal debt payments (fines or restitution) in person until June 1, 2020. 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 June 1, 2020.

Order # Date Filed Summarized Content

Special Order No. 13-5

March 13, 2020

Continuation of trial settings and certain other matters to a date on or after May 1, 2020, and postponement of all court events.
* See Amended Special Order No. 13-5
* See Second Amended Special Order No. 13-5

Special Order No. 13-6

March 18, 2020 Supplemental order to Special Order No. 13-5 regarding continuation of guilty plea proceedings to a date on or after May 1, 2020.

Special Order No. 13-7

March 19, 2020 Supplemental order to Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 detailing procedures specific to the Northern District of Texas's Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, and San Angelo divisions.

Special Order No. 13-8

March 19, 2020 Supplemental order regarding access restrictions under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
* See Amended Special Order No. 13-8

Special Order No. 13-9

March 29, 2020 Supplemental order to Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 re: authorization to use video teleconferencing for criminal proceedings.
*See Amended Special Order No. 13-9

Special Order No. 13-10

April 02, 2020 Order to extend time to self-report to a Bureau of Prisons facility.
Special Order No. 13-11 April 22, 2020

Order extending all continuances under Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 through May 31, 2020, except as otherwise specified in this Order.

Special Order No. 13-12 May 15, 2020

Supplemental order regarding access restrictions under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Order No. 13-14 May 18, 2020

Order regarding requirements for entry to the Fort Worth courthouse during national pandemic emergency.

Special Order No. 13-15 May 18, 2020

Standing Rules for Courtroom Proceedings in the J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson Courthouse.

Special Order No. 13-16 May 21, 2020

Order regarding court operations for the Abilene, Lubbock, and San Angelo Divisions.

Special Order No. 13-17 May 22, 2020

Order regarding requirements for entry to the Wichita Falls courthouse during national pandemic emergency.

Amended
Special Order No. 13-8
May 29, 2020 Courthouse access restrictions established under Special Order Nos. 13-8 and 13-11 will remain in effect until further order of the Court.
Amended
Special Order No. 13-5
June 19, 2020

Continuation of trial settings and certain other matters to July 17, 2020

Amended
Special Order No. 13-9
June 24, 2020

Supplemental order to Special Order Nos. 13-5 and 13-6 re: authorization to use video teleconferencing for criminal proceedings.

Second Amended
Special Order 13-5
July 8, 2020

Continuation of trial settings to July 31, 2020

Court offices are open to serve the public; however, 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 outside of the country within the last 14 days, or have had close contact with someone who has traveled outside of the country within the last 14 days (see CDC travel warnings); 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.