Judge Lincoln Goodwin suspends court docket services, enacts emergency protocol

Judge Lincoln Goodwin, Harris County Precinct 4, Place 1 justice of the peace, announced March 18 his office will be providing limited services for the foreseeable future per the entity’s emergency protocol in hopes of mitigating the spread of coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Judge Lincoln Goodwin, Harris County Precinct 4, Place 1 justice of the peace, announced March 18 his office will be providing limited services for the foreseeable future per the entity’s emergency protocol in hopes of mitigating the spread of coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Judge Lincoln Goodwin, Harris County Precinct 4, Place 1 justice of the peace, announced March 18 his office will be providing limited services for the foreseeable future per the entity’s emergency protocol in hopes of mitigating the spread of coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Judge Lincoln Goodwin, Harris County Precinct 4, Place 1 justice of the peace, announced March 18 his office will be providing limited services for the foreseeable future per the entity’s emergency protocol in hopes of mitigating the spread of coronavirus.

According to the news release, every person appearing in court or at the court’s offices is required to alert court staff in advance if they or someone they know has coronavirus or flu-like symptoms, such as fever, coughing or sneezing.

Additionally, the emergency protocol includes the suspension of all court docket services until April 30, including all criminal and civil filings. According to the news release, citations in eviction cases will contain a date for trail after April 30, but trials may be postponed; suspended cases will be reset as circumstances allow.

The news release also states that litigants are encouraged to file pleadings, motions and other papers using www.efiletexas.gov, by emailing [email protected] or by faxing 713-437-4543 for civil cases or 713-437-4608 for criminal cases. To avoid handling cash, the court also requests that filing fees, fines and any other payments be made by credit card.

Lastly, essential court duties, such as answering telephone inquiries, accepting filings and processing payments, will continue to be available for the Criminal Division Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and for the Civil Division Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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