On December 30, 2022, The Supreme Court Issued the 59th COVID-19 Emergency Order. The order goes into effect on January 1, 2023 and expires February 1, 2023. Of note, all courts in Texas may allow or require a participant to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or other means.
Municipal courts may not require a participant (lawyer, party, or juror) to appear remotely for a jury trial unless the court has considered on the record or in a written order any objection or motion related to proceeding with the jury trial at least seven days before the jury trial, or as soon as practicable if the objection or motion is filed within seven days of the proceeding.
The full order is available below.