The Children's Commission is not endorsing any of the court orders listed below by county, but instead providing a repository for purposes of information sharing during the period when emergency orders are in effect. The Children's Commission expresses no opinion about the content of the regional court orders listed below.

 

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Orders Issued By County

Anderson: Standing Judicial Order No. 2020-01

Angelina: 

·         Ninth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in CPC Cases pending in Second Region CPC Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Eighth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in CPC Cases pending in Second Region CPC Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties (expires January 31, 2021)

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number Two Rules for Remote Hearings

·         Order Prohibiting Electronic Recordings in Child Protection Cases Pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number 2 Procedures for Travel Requests during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Baylor: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases

Bell: 

·         Order Extending Deadlines

·         Court Procedures for Attorneys, DFPS, CASA, and GALS

Bexar: Special Order no. 726934 State of Texas County of Bexar

Blanco: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated February 2021)

Bosque: COVID-19 Order Limiting Hearings

Brazos:

·         Ninth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in CPC Cases pending in Second Region CPC Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Eighth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in Child Protection Cases pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties (expires January 31, 2021)

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number Two Rules for Remote Hearings

·         Order Prohibiting Electronic Recordings in Child Protection Cases Pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number 2 Procedures for Travel Requests during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Brown: Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Burnet: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated February 2021)

Caldwell: Standing Order in the CenTex Child Protection Court South for Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, and Caldwell Counties Evidentiary Order for Remote Hearings in an Effort to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and to Protect All Parties

Coke: Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Collin: 

·         Collin County District Courts Second Emergency Standing Order Regarding Possession Schedules During "Shelter-In-Place" Orders

·         Collin County District Courts Emergency Standing Order Regarding Visits in Child Protection Cases

·         Collin County District Courts Emergency Standing Order Regarding Possession Schedule During School Closures

Colorado: Standing Order in the CenTex Child Protection Court South for Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, and Caldwell Counties Evidentiary Order for Remote Hearings in an Effort to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and to Protect All Parties

Comal: 

·         Standing Order Regarding Parent-Child Visitation in Comal and Hays County Child Protection Cases During COVID-19 Pandemic

·         Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Attorneys, CASA, DFPS, & Court Staff

Comanche: COVID-19 Order Limiting Hearings

Concho: Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Coryell: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated February 2021)

Cottle: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases

Crane: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Crockett: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the 112th Judicial District

Dallas:

·         Dallas County Family Courts Joint Statement Regarding Health and Safety Concerns and Courts Settings

·         Dallas County Family District Court Emergency Standing Order Regarding Possession Schedule During School Closures

·         Dallas County Family District Courts' Joint Statement Re: Possession and Access During the March 22, 2020 Dallas County Amended Order to Stay Home, Stay Safe

·         Additional CPS Ex Parte Orders in Considerations of National Emergency

Ector: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Fannin: 336th District Court Standing Order Regarding Child Protection Cases Parent-Child Visits to Transition to Electronic with No In-Person Visits

Gonzales: Standing Order in the CenTex Child Protection Court South for Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, and Caldwell Counties Evidentiary Order for Remote Hearings in an Effort to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and to Protect All Parties

Gregg: In the 307th and 124th District Courts and the County Court at Law No. 2 Standing Order Regarding Parent-Child Visitation in All Child Protection Cases in Gregg County

Grimes: 

·         Ninth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in CPC Cases pending in Second Region CPC Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Eighth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in Child Protection Cases pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties (expires January 31, 2021)

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number Two Rules for Remote Hearings

·         Order Prohibiting Electronic Recordings in Child Protection Cases Pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number 2 Procedures for Travel Requests during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Guadalupe: Standing Order in the CenTex Child Protection Court South for Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, and Caldwell Counties Evidentiary Order for Remote Hearings in an Effort to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and to Protect All Parties

Hamilton: COVID-19 Order Limiting Hearings ​

Harris: Harris County District Court Judges Order for Inclement Weather, Emergency, and Public-Health Scheduling Procedures

Hays:

·         Standing Order Regarding Parent-Child Visitation in Comal and Hays County Child Protection Cases During COVID-19 Pandemic

·         Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Attorneys, CASA, DFPS, & Court Staff

Hildalgo: Second Amended Emergency Standing Order Regarding Parent Child Visitations

Irion: Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Jefferson: Order of the 279th District Court, Visitation for Children in the Conservatorship of the Texas DFPS

Jim Wells: 79th Judicial District Court Jim Wells County Court at Law General Standing Orders for Visitation in All Texas DFPS Services Cases Regarding COVID-19 State of Emergency

Kleberg: All Child Welfare Causes Before the Child Protection Court of Kleberg County Standing Order Regarding Parent-Child Visitations

Knox: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases

Lamar: Temporary Order Suspending In-Person Visitation in Chapter 262 Cases (CPS)

Lampasas: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated February 2021)

Lavaca: Standing Order in the CenTex Child Protection Court South for Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca, Colorado, and Caldwell Counties Evidentiary Order for Remote Hearings in an Effort to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and to Protect All Parties

Llano: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Loving: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Madison: 

·         Ninth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in CPC Cases pending in Second Region CPC Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Eighth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in Child Protection Cases pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties (expires January 31, 2021)

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number Two Rules for Remote Hearings

·         Order Prohibiting Electronic Recordings in Child Protection Cases Pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number 2 Procedures for Travel Requests during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Marion: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

Midland: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Mills: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated February 2021)

Morris: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

Panola: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

Parker: 415th District Court COVID-19 management for CPS cases

Pecos: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the 112th Judicial District

Polk:

·         Standing Order Regarding Parent-Child Visitations in Polk County

·         Standing Order Regarding Child Protection Cases in Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties

Rains: Standing Order Reinstating Parent Child Visitation

Reagan: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the 112th Judicial District

Red River: Temporary Order Suspending In-Person Visitation in Chapter 262 Cases (CPS)

Reeves: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Runnels:  Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Rusk: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

Sabine: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

San Augustine: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

San Jacinto: 

·         Standing Order Regarding Child Protection Cases in Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties

·         Standing Order Regarding Hearings in Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties

San Saba: Court Procedures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated February 2021)

Schleicher: Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Shelby: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

Smith: Emergency Order Number One

Starr: Second Amended Emergency Standing Order Regarding Parent Child Visitations

Sutton: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the 112th Judicial District

Titus: Standing Order Reinstating Parent-Child Visitations

Tom Green: Standing Orders Regarding Status Hearings, Permanency Hearings and Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the Child Protection Court of the Concho Valley

Trinity: Standing Order Regarding Child Protection Cases in Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties

Upton: Standing Order Regarding Visitation in Child Protection Cases in the 112th Judicial District

Van Zandt: Standing Order Reinstating Parent Child Visitation

Walker: 

·         Ninth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in CPC Cases pending in Second Region CPC Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Eighth Amended Emergency Order Regarding Visitation and Other In-Person Contact in Child Protection Cases pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties (expires January 31, 2021)

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number Two Rules for Remote Hearings

·         Order Prohibiting Electronic Recordings in Child Protection Cases Pending in Second Region Child Protection Court #2 for Angelina, Brazos, Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties

·         Second Region Child Protection Court Number 2 Procedures for Travel Requests during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Ward: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Wichita:

·         Order Suspending Deadlines in Child Protective Services Cases

·         Supplement to Joint Statement of Wichita County District and County Courts Issued March 16, 2020

Williamson: 

·         General Order in the 368th, 395th, and 425th District Court and in the County Courts at Law Numbers One, Three and Four

·         Third General Order Child Welfare Courts Regarding Virtual Court Hearings in a Virtual Courtroom Environment in Child Welfare Cases

Winkler: District Court of Ector County, Texas 446th Judicial District

Wood: 

·         Standing Order Reinstating Parent Child Visitation 

·         In the 402nd District Court In and For Wood County, Texas General Order Regarding Mediation