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OCA Website for Standing Orders is Live
The Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals have approved amendments which remove the requirement that the Supreme Court approve local rules, provide that local rules, forms, and standing orders must not conflict with other law or rules. Additionally, beginning January 1, 2023, local rules, forms, and standing orders are not effective unless published on the OCA’s website. Judges should review the Notes and Comments included with the changes to ensure that local rules, forms, and standing orders comply with statutory and rule-based requirements.
Courts can post local rules, forms, and standing orders on OCA’s Court Tools website. Posted documents will be viewable by the public on OCA’s TOPICs website starting January 1, 2023. Additional information regarding the website and webinars will be posted at the OCA order info page and you may view a presentation on the sytem.
Texas Supreme Court Issues New Statement of Inability Form
The Texas Supreme Court has issued a new Statement of Inability form that is a bilingual fillable PDF. This form is available on the TJCTC forms page under both Civil and Evictions forms. As a reminder, courts must make this form or one that contains the same information available to all potential parties without cost or requiring a request.
Texas Supreme Court Extends and Modifies Covid Emergency Orders
The Texas Supreme Court has issued its 58th and 59th Emergency Orders. Zoom hearings are still allowed, however, a justice of the peace conducting a Zoom hearing must actually be in the place designated for holding court during the hearing unless necessary for addressing court backlog and the judge is a visiting judge.
For more information, visit the TJCTC Covid-19 page.
New Supreme Court Rules Related to Judgments and Receivers Went Into Effect on May 1!
The Texas Supreme Court has issued modifications to rules related to civil judgments, garnishments, receiverships, and exempt property hearings. Read the Supreme Court Order. Be sure to visit our forms page for updated forms for civil judgments, writs of garnishment, and a new form that must be used any time a justice court appoints a receiver.
Damon Allen Act Went Into Effect on April 1!
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Post-Judgment Interest Rate
Remember to check the OCCC site every month for the current post-judgment interest rates! Click here to see the current rates and click on "Future Rate" at that link after the 15th of the month to see the next month's rate.