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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.

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. 

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.

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 re: access restrictions under the exigent circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

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.