Family Courts in Harris County – Updates


Issued from all of the Harris County Family Courts on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Status of Courthouses

Courtroom Sharing in the Civil Courthouse
The 22 felony criminal district courts are shared as follows at the Civil Courthouse:

  • 6th floor – 174th (Jones) sharing with Probate Court #2
  • 7th floor – 338th (Franklin) sharing with Probate Court #4
  • 8th floor – NO sharing of courtrooms
  • 9th floor – 176th (Harmon) & 232nd (Guinney) & 178th (Johnson) & 180th (Evans)
  • 10th floor – 208th (Collins) & 209th (McSpadden) & 183rd (Velasquez) & 184th (Krocker)
  • 11th floor – 263rd (Wallace) & 228th (Carter) & 337th (Richie) & 179th (Roll)
  • 12th floor – 248th (Cabiness) & 185th (Brown) & 230rd (Hart) & 262nd (Bradley)
  • 15th floor – 339th (Jackson) sharing with the 245th Family District Court
  • 16th floor – 177th (Johnson) sharing with the 246th Family District Court
  • 1st floor of the Juvenile Justice Center (formerly 280th District Court courtroom) – 182nd (Barr) & 351st (Powell)

Courtroom Sharing in the Family Law Center
The 16 misdemeanor county criminal courts are shared as follows in the Family Law Center:

  • 2nd floor – IV-D Courts 2 (Torres) and 3 (Pierce) & 4 CCCL courts
  • 3rd floor – IV-D Courts 1 (Wettman) and 4 (Longoria) & 4 CCCL courts
  • 4th floor – 6 CCCL courts
  • 5th floor – 1 CCCL court & 3/4 shared trial courtroom for criminal courts
  • 6th floor – RIC & 2 shared trial courtrooms for criminal courts
  • 7th floor – 2 shared trial courtrooms for criminal courts AND the CPS Impact Court in the former 311th District Court beginning on October 2, 2017 until repairs are concluded in the Juvenile Justice Center in several months

Staggered Ancillary and Trial Docket Calls
In an attempt to compensate for the increased crowds and elevator impacts anticipated in the Civil Courthouse the Family Court Divisional courts will implement the following new docket call times for the ancillary docket and trial dockets beginning effective October 4, 2017 for the duration of the courtroom sharing time period:

  • 245th District Court (Moore) – 10:00 a.m. ancillary docket call and trial docket to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 246th District Court (Prine) – 8:30 a.m. ancillary docket and 8:30 a.m. trial docket call to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 247th District Court (Schmude) – 9:30 a.m. ancillary docket call and trial docket to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 257th District Court (Warne) – 8:30 a.m. ancillary docket and 1:30 p.m. trial docket call to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 280th District Court (Bradshaw-Hull) – all future hearings taking place in family trial division until further notice
  • 308th District Court (Lombardino) – 9:00 a.m. ancillary docket call and trial docket to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 309th District Court (Dean) – 10:30 a.m. ancillary docket and 10:30 a.m. trial docket call to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 310th District Court (Millard) – 10:00 a.m. ancillary docket call and trial docket to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 311th District Court (Franklin-York) – 9:00 a.m. ancillary docket call and trial docket to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 312th District Court (Farr) – 1:30 p.m. ancillary docket and 1:30 p.m. trial docket call to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)
  • 507th District Court (Maldonado) – 1:00 p.m. ancillary docket and 1:00 p.m. trial docket call to be noticed by scheduling order (but no changes unless specifically renoticed)

Miscellaneous Matters

  • The office sharing and courtroom sharing on the 15th and 16th floors is already being managed by the judges impacted on those floors.
  • The associate judges will NOT be absent from their respective courtrooms on the shared floors and those operations will be minimally impacted including the uncontested dockets.
  • The Family Trial Division has dedicated flex courtroom space with a vacant courtroom located on the 7th floor of the Juvenile Justice Center for use by the affected family courts on the shared floors of the Civil Courthouse.
  • The staff of the 280th District Court will be officing in the courtroom on the 7th floor of the Juvenile Justice Center as the 257th District Court (with the assistance of the 312th District Court and possibly others) is presiding over the District Attorney protective order cases until further notice.
  • Any privately filed protective order will still be pending in the 280th District Court for jurisdictional purposes but will be either attracted to a family district court with an associated SAPCR/Divorce action pending in that court or randomly assigned by the Administrative Judge David Farr to a family district judge who will be sitting for the 280th District Court on that case with the sole exception of privately filed AVDA protective orders which will be heard in the 312th District Court.
  • Jury trials WILL recommence in a limited fashion on October 16, 2017 with the grand juries and the criminal courts having priority on jury panels through the end of October 2017 so if you are already scheduled preferentially for trial please check in immediately with the court if there are flood concerns, etc.

David D. Farr
Presiding Judge, 312th Family District Court
Administrative Judge, Harris County Family Courts