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Ector County District Clerk


 

Clarissa Webster
District Clerk



Alicia Teran
Chief Deputy Clerk

 


Holiday/Special Closures:

INDEPENDENCE DAY
Closed: Monday, September 7, 2020


COVID-19
Operating Plan
for Ector County Judiciary
 

(entered 05-27-2020)


300 N Grant Av, Room 301
Odessa, TX 79761
Phone: (432) 498-4290
Fax: (432) 498-4292
District.Clerk@ectorcountytx.gov

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  and  1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 See below Special Announcements
regarding NEW
customer restrictions to accommodate
social distancing
.

All Passport Services
Are Suspended And
The Passport Office Is
Currently Closed


For current Travel Advisories
and other
U.S. Passport Application Information:
go to www.Travel.State.Gov


(Updated on 08-24-2020)

District Clerk's Office:

  • District Clerk Services Public Service Announcement Regarding Changes in Availability  
    • In-person (face-to-face) customers will be assisted by the clerk staff only if they have an actual court hearing on that date. 
    • Other special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please call our office to discuss options which may be available to meet your specific needs.
    • Passport Facility Services are temporarily suspended until further notice.
    • Court Clerk Services will continue to be provided as necessary to support the local Courts.
    • Court filings submitted through eFile Texas and the U.S. Mail will continue to be worked.
    • This office is making every effort to comply with recommendations and guidance received from the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA). 
    • District Clerk staff are available via:
    • Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas:  (View All Orders In Effect)

      ORDERS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT

      In response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court has issued the following Emergency Orders that are still in effect.

      Cancels the July bar exam, leaves in place the September 9-10 bar exam subject to guidance from public health authorities, and approves an online bar exam on October 5-6

      Amends paragraph 3 and extends Emergency Order 15 through August 24, 2020. 

       

      PREVIOUS ORDERS, NO LONGER IN EFFECT

      In response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court has issued the following Emergency Orders that are no longer in effect.

      • 1st Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 03-13-2020)
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9042 and 
        Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-007

        Permits all judges in the state at their discretion, and requires all judges “to avoid risk to court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors, and the public”, without a participant’s consent.

      • 2nd Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 03-17-2020)
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9043

        Clarifies that child possession schedules establishing access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule are not affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic and that the original published school schedule controls.

      • 3rd Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 03-19-2020)
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9044 and 
        Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-008

        Modifies Emergency Order 1, prohibits judges from conducting non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size.

      • 4th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 03-19-2020)
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9045

        Prohibits a trial, hearing, or other proceeding in an eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after April 19, 2020.

      • 6th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 03-22-2020)
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-904

        The 2020 elections for presidents-elect and directors of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association must be conducted online only, by electronic vote, and not by paper ballot. The voting period is extended to May 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

      • 7th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 03-24-2020);
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9050

        Clarifies possession schedules in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the existing trial court order shall control in all instances. Possession of and access to a child shall not be affected by any shelter-in-place order or other order restricting movement issued by a governmental entity.

      • 8th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 04-01-2020);
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9051

        Amends the First Emergency Order to delay all service and statute-of-limitations deadlines in civil cases from March 13 until June 1. The order does not affect deadlines for filing appeals or other appellate proceedings, but the order notes that requests for any such relief from those deadlines should be generously granted by the particular court.

      • 9th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 04-06-2020);
        Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9052

        Extends Emergency Order 4, prohibiting a trial, hearing, or other proceeding in an eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after April 30, 2020.



          • 15th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 05-14-2020)
            Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9066

            Permits the resumption of eviction proceedings on May 19 but requires a sworn petition to state that the premises are not subject to the moratorium on evictions imposed by the CARES Act.

          • 17th Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (issued 05-26-2020)
            Supreme Court of Texas Misc. Docket No. 20-9071

            Extends and amends paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 6, & 9 of the 12th Emergency Order, prohibits jury proceedings until August 1 but authorizes limited number of jury proceedings under certain conditions.

           

        • Child Protection Court:

        • Title IV-D Child Support Court:

          • Effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Title IV-D Court will resume holding digital access hearings via ZOOM on child support cases filed by the Office of Attorney General.

          • Attorneys and Self-Represented Litigants can reach the local Office of Attorney General via email: CustomerService.Odessa163@oag.texas.gov
        • County Court and County Courts at Law:

        • District Clerk's Office:

          • District Clerk Services Public Service Announcement Regarding Changes in Availability 
            • In-person (face-to-face) customers will be assisted by the clerk staff only if they have an actual hearing on that date.
            • Other special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please call our office to discuss options which may be available to meet your specific needs.
            • Passport Facility Services are temporarily suspended until further notice.
            • Court Clerk Services will continue to be provided as necessary to support the local Courts.
            • Court filings submitted through eFile Texas and U.S. Mail will continue to be worked.
            • District Clerk staff are available via:
        • Additional Helpful Link:


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      ANNOUNCEMENTS


      COURT RECORDS


      INFORMATION


      SCHEDULES


      Documents intended for official court filings are not
      accepted via facsimile or via email
      .


      Other Helpful Links:


      Child Support Program 
      of the Office of the Attorney General.

      Eleventh Court of Appeals serving Ector County since September 1, 2003.

      Eight Court of Appeals serving Ector County prior to September 1, 2003.

      Current Monthly Report on Appointments and Approved Fees