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Docket Schedule for Misdemeanor Cases

Assignment of Criminal Cases

Check cases will have the prefix of CC.  Class C DWLI cases will have the prefix 3C.  All other misdemeanor cases will be designated as 2C. 


Negotiated Pleas

Pleas will be set Monday through Friday of each week.  CCL#2 and CCL#3  will be available to hear pleas.  Jail pleas will be heard at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Court #3 and Friday in Court #2.


Open Pleas

Both courts will hear open pleas at 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday.  A special setting and PSI requests must be submitted four weeks in advance of the plea date.


Trials Before the Court

A docket call for all non-jury trials will be at 10:00 a.m. in Court #2 on the Tuesday before the trial is set and the defense attorneys must be present.  Non-jury trials will be heard on Thursday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.


Cases Being Set on the Jury Trial Docket

In order for a case to be placed on the jury trial docket, the defendant must appear in person with his or her attorney, along with the attorney for the State, at which time pre-trial matters in accordance with Art. 28.01 V.A.C.C.P. and discovery matters pursuant to Art. 39.14 V.A.C.C.P. will be taken up or scheduled.


Jury Trials

A docket call for all jury trials will be at 1:30 p.m. in Court #2 on the Wednesday preceding the trial date.  The defendant and the attorney must appear at the docket call.


Sentencing and Contested Revocations

Sentencing and contested revocations will be set in both courts on Wednesday afternoons.


Pre-Trials

Pre-Trials will be on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m.  Pre-Trials motions resulting from a special hearing request will be heard in both courts on Wednesdays.


NISI

The following schedule will be used in issuing a NISI and a warrant for the arrest of defendants that fail to appear in a timely manner.  The following schedule represents the general rule.  The Court can and may, in The Court's discretion, deviate from these general rules and issue a NISI and a warrant immediately for any failure to appear.

Docket                                                                         NISI and Warrants will issue:                      
8:30 AM & 1:30 PM 1st Appearance Docket Call  10:00 AM (2nd succeeding workday)
9:00 AM  or 10:00 AM Plea  10:00 AM (2nd succeeding workday)
1:15 PM Announcement & Pre-Trial    5:00 PM (same day)
1:30 PM Jury Trial Docket Call    2:00 PM (same day)
Special Hearing/Sentencing   Immediately
   


Amended:  February 26, 2015