COVID Impact Court

About the COVID Impact Court

Recognizing the impact of the COVID Pandemic on case processing, particularly in felony criminal matters, the District Judges have established the COVID Impact Court (CIC). This is a collaborative effort with the Courts and the DA's Office that is designed to provide additional trial time and docket time as a means of bringing cases to a quicker resolution. The operations of the CIC are funded, in part, by a grant from the Texas Office of Court Administration.

CIC Schedule / Usage

  • The CIC will have 2 jury trial weeks each month
    • SVU Cases: One date will be dedicated to cases assigned to the DA's Office Special Victims Unit (SVU), placing the SVU cases on an expedited track to disposition.
    • Referred Cases: One date will be utilized on rotation by the District Courts hearing criminal matters. During Civil weeks, Judges often have criminal cases as backup. This will allow the Judge to refer the backup criminal case to the CIC for trial, reducing delay.
  • The CIC will have 1-2 docket days per month
  • The CIC will be holding Adult and Juvenile Docket days. This will allow for cases to be moved through the process more expeditiously when the District Courts are in hearings or other trials.

Requirements

  • For SVU Cases, you will be contacted by CIC Staff and advised of your new Jury Trial Date, as well as the dates for Pretrial Conference and Jury Selection.
  • For Referred Cases, the "Sending Court" will advise you when your case is referred to the CIC for trial. This will generally happen no more than a week before your trial date and will depend on which case(s) from the trial docket resolve before jury selection.

Contacts

  • Cases assigned to the COVID Impact Court will be heard by a Visiting Judge, assigned by the Regional Presiding Judge. The Assigned Visiting Judge is subject to change, but in many instances it will be Judge Rick Kennon, retired Judge of the 368th District Court.

CIC Schedule

August 2023-August 2024

Date

CIC Setting(s)

Details

8/28/2023-9/1/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection:  8/25/2023

9/11/2023-9/15/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

368th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 9/8/2023

9/18/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

9/25/2023-9/29/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 9/22/2023

10/2/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

10/9/2023-10/13/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

368th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 10/6/2023

10/16/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

10/23/2023-10/27/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case 
 Jury Selection 10/20/2023

10/30/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

10/31/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

11/6/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

11/13/2023-11/17/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 11/13/2023

11/20/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

11/27/2023-12/1/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

277th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 11/27/2023

12/4/2023-12/8/2023

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 12/4/2023

12/18/2023

CIC Docket Day

All Day:  Crim Dkt.

1/8/2024

 CIC Jury Trial Week

26th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 1/6/2024

1/15/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

1/22/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 1/19/2024

2/5/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

277th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 2/2/2024

2/12/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

2/19/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 2/16/2024

2/26/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

3/4/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 3/1/2024

3/11/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

368th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 3/11/2024

3/25/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

4/1/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 4/1/2024

4/22/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

26th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 4/19/2024

4/29/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

5/6/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 5/3/2024

5/17/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

5/20/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

368th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 5/17/2024

6/3/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 5/31/2024

6/17/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

277th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 6/14/2024

7/1/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

7/8/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

277th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 7/5/2024

7/15/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

7/22/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 7/19/2024

8/12/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

368th Referred Case
 Jury Selection 8/9/2024

8/19/2024

CIC Docket Day

 

8/26/2024

CIC Jury Trial Week

SVU Case
 Jury Selection 8/23/2024

  1. Amber Norton

    Sr. Court Operations Administrator

  2. Jodi Cardenas

    Court Reporter, COVID Impact Court