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COVID 19, or the Coronavirus

The City of Baytown facilities and offices are open for business. Due to COVID-19 some departments may still be operating in a modified fashion. Please contact the department you plan to conduct business with directly if you have specific questions as to modification to services or location.

We continue to follow CDC guidelines for the safety of our employees and citizens and will keep you updated via social media and other communication channels

For additional information visit

http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

 

 

Court Options

Pay a Fine View Dockets
E-Court Court Request
Warrants Youth
Trials Deferred Disposition
Open Records Request

Are Jury and Judge trials cancelled?

All trials through June 30 are cancelled until further notice. Currently scheduled cases will be reset to a later date.

When will in-person Court proceedings resume?

June 1, 2020 for initial appearances, pretrial dockets, show cause hearings, bond hearings, and juvenile dockets.

How will they be held?

Dockets are held using the Zoom platform. Letters with instructions about the remote proceedings and the date of the hearing will be mailed to each defendant a week prior to their court date. Prior to your remote Court proceeding you must submit to the Court the video conference request.

How do I request a Court Hearing?

What options does the defendant have?

  • Enter a Plea of Not Guilty and request a trial by Judge or trial by Jury
  • Enter a plea of guilty or no contest. Defendants who plead Guilty or No Contest via the remote appearance have the same opportunities for payment plans, driver safety courses, or deferred disposition. These options are also available on the Courts website and appearance is required;
  • Request an extension of the due dates established by a previous judgment; Appear in response to the Show Cause Order; and
  • Seek resolution of outstanding warrants

What happens if the defendant does not appear?

Neglecting to appear as scheduled will have the same consequences as not appearing at an in-person proceeding.

Can the defendant handle a citation any other way?

See Resolving your Violation for more information.