We hope this blog finds you, your family members and loved ones well during this uncharted territory as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts our communities. We would also like to provide an update on how C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC, and many other Law Firms in Houston are operating in response to the Coronavirus outbreak and some important news.
At this time, many firms remain fully operational with all if not most of the staff are working both at the office and remotely. While closely monitoring the evolving situation and carefully following the local and federal court procedures and laws, lawyers and staff remain committed to providing uninterrupted service to clients and colleagues. If you need anything with an existing matter or have a new matter, don’t hesitate to your attorney.
A recent update from Governor Abbott, from April 17th, that may affect your case includes the 3 new executive orders. We have outlined some of the important points below but you can find the full list by clicking, here.
In-person proceedings of any size should be delayed until at least June 1.
Essential proceedings should occur in-person only if holding the proceeding remotely is not possible or feasible.
If essential proceedings must be held in-person, the court should ensure that:
No more than 10 persons are gathered in the courtroom or in areas around the courtroom (see exception below);
Participants wear face coverings where possible; and
Participants in the courtroom are separated consistent with social distancing and other precautions.
EXCEPTION: Essential proceedings may occur in-person in excess of the 10-person maximum if the law requires more than 10 persons for the proceedings, such as grand jury deliberations. Participants should be separated consistent with social distancing and should wear face coverings where possible.
With the introduction of the remote proceedings capability through Zoom, most non-essential proceedings, except for jury trials, can be conducted remotely, and there are no limitations on those remote proceedings so long as reasonable notice and access are provided to the participants and the public.
Your case is a priority, in these trying times, everyone is doing their part even if not in the courtroom. Attorneys all over Houston are available to prepare for your next court date via teleconference and are diligently drafting motions and orders for your next hearing. Please stay safe and if you have any questions regarding a current case or filing a new there are attorneys on stand by and awaiting your call.