COVID-19 virus - Office Update

DELTA COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

OFFICE NOTICE

ATTENTION:

THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS DECLARATION OF STATE EMERGENCY:

ORDER ISSUED BY TEXAS SUPREME COURT

DELTA COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

PRECINCTS 5

JUDGE SHANNON MCCULLOCH

AT THE DIRECTION OF THE OCA AND TEXAS SUPREME COURT


This office has implemented the following guide lines to assist in protecting the Court and Staff from the CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC until the Emergency declaration has been lifted or Orders have been modified.

            All non-essential court has ceased until further notice, this includes the following

  1. All Civil (Debt and Small claim) trials will be postponed. Although still may be filed at this time.  This will impact the service time as well.

  2. Evictions.

  3. Certain Writs.

Class C misdemeanor’s (traffic violation’s) can be handled by phone, email or on the internet.


To Plea and pay on line go to https://www.texasonlinerecords.com/

When calling for Payments and Status on accounts please allow 72 hours for a return call, due to the large numbers of calls coming in.

We will reevaluate this decision as more information is received by Delta County Officials or from the Office of Court Administration. Thank you for your understanding.


Judge Shannon McCulloch

COUNTY NOTICE UPDATE

After much discussion and research regarding the COVID-19 incident that is ongoing and evolving in Texas and the United States, it is likely that modifications are necessary to protect the health and well-being of all county employees and the general public. 


Understand that there has been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delta County or any surrounding counties, and the risk for our area still remains relatively low, but those risks are constantly evolving as more cases are being identified in counties such as Collin, Dallas, and Smith. While much is still unknown about COVID-19, what we do know is that the best countermeasure currently is to practice social distancing and limit public contact.  Because of this, it has been discussed the following options for modifying County operations.


We will be posting signs on all exterior doors of Courthouse discouraging any person who feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or abnormal shortness of breath, to not enter the building and refer to the County's website to make contact with the department they were needing to conduct business or speak with.


At the discretion of the department heads and independent elected officials, all public interactions should be limited to only essential interactions; all other transactions should be conducted via phone or email, if capable.  


In order to maintain efficient operations and customer service to the public, departments will post signs on their office doors and to their page on the County's website with specific instructions explaining the alternative process for communication or specific transactions to the public for their respective office. 


As of today, the 8th Judicial District Court, County Criminal Court, and the Justice Court have all postponed hearings on their dockets slated for the remainder of March or until specified.  The only hearings that will continue are those that are time-sensitive or considered absolutely necessary based upon the nature of the hearing (protective orders, evictions, appeals, etc.).  


Based upon recommendations from Governor Abbott and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, all inmate visitation at the County Jail has been suspended.


As of today, the March 23, 2020 Commissioners' Court meeting is still set to be held as scheduled in order to conduct County business and for the payment of any bills.


We are in communication with surrounding Counties, Department of State Health and Human Services (DSHS), Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and public safety entities on a consistent basis and will try to keep you up-to-date as the situation evolves. 


As a best practice for your personal well-being, constantly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, avoid unnecessary large gatherings or contact with the public, stay home if you feel sick, cover coughs, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, 


The health and well-being of our employees and the public will continue to be the highest priority.  

Help contain the spread of Covid-19 and the spread of panic.

We are continuously monitoring the changing situation. In the meantime, social distancing and proper hygiene practices:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Stay home when you are sick. 

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (keyboards, mobile phones, desk phones, etc). 



 

Contact

Phone: 903/ 395-4400 ext. 232

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