Pursuant to the Supreme Court's Thirty-Sixth and Thirty-Eighth Emergency Orders viewable here, the Harris County Justice Courts may begin resuming in-person dockets in accordance with the minimum health standards adopted by the Local Administrative Judge. To view those standards and the most current operating plan for the justice courts, click here. Please check an individual court’s page (using the drop down menu above) for further information.
As part of this plan, dockets may continue to be conducted virtually, or may be scheduled for in-person appearance. If an individual is noticed to appear in-person and has good cause for why he or she cannot or prefers not to appear in person, that individual must contact the court for an alternative arrangement. If an individual is noticed to appear remotely (via Zoom) and has good cause for why he or she cannot or prefers to appear in person, that individual must notify the court for an alternative arrangement. The Court may allow or require anyone involved in any proceeding to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing or videoconferencing. Any proceedings conducted in-person will be conducted in compliance with the Emergency Orders issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, with guidance issued by the Office of Court Administration, and with the Modified COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Harris County Judiciary adopted by the Local Administrative Judge. You may view the orders and guidance here. As the court house annexes are open to the public, dockets may not be live streamed. Any dockets that are live streamed, can be viewed here.
IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 OR ARE EXHIBITING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea -- OR IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH A PERSON WHO IS CONFIRMED TO HAVE COVID-19 OR IS EXHIBITING ANY SYMPTOMS DESCRIBED ABOVE -- YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE COURT BEFORE MAKING ANY APPEARANCE AT THE COURTHOUSE.
Please be aware that all courthouse visitors are subject to screening upon entering the building/courtroom. You may have your temperature taken with an infrared (contactless) thermometer and/or may be asked if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or had any symptoms of COVID-19 within the previous 10 days, or if you have had recent known exposure to COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Individuals whose temperature exceeds 99.6°F or individuals who indicate yes to any of the screening questions may be refused admittance to the building.
All courthouse visitors not from the same household will be required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and practice appropriate hygiene recommendations at all times while in the building. The use of facial coverings is recommended in county owned buildings; however, each court may choose to either require masks in the courtroom or to allow individuals to remove their mask in the courtroom. For information on how to make and properly wear a home-made face covering, visit the CDC's website here or view the Harris County Public Health Department's notice on properly wearing face coverings here.
For further information applicable to specific court(s), please see the individual court’s webpage by using the COURTS drop down menu located at the top of this page, and choose the court in which you are interested.
We continue to encourage litigants to file all civil and some criminal filings through efiletexas.gov (see link to the right) or through other such means as the individual court may permit. We also encourage defendants who are wishing to sign up for driving safety courses, enter no contest pleas and pay their criminal citations, pay deferred disposition costs (new option), or make partial payments on judgments (new option) to use the Online Payment options. Search for your case below to see if you are eligible for any of these options.
Please keep in mind that the Harris County Justices of the Peace and the clerks of the Harris County Justice Courts are not allowed to give legal advice. You are urged to review the applicable laws and to consult an attorney of your choice for further information or answers to specific legal questions.
Online Services for Criminal CasesApply for Driver Safety Course
Defendants with eligible offenses may use this service to apply for the Driving Safety Course or Motorcycle Operator Training Course dismissal and to pay the required court costs.
You will be asked to pay court costs as part of the application process. Do not take the course before you receive approval from the Court.If you intend to apply for a driving safety course or motorcycle operator training course, do NOT pay the citation.
-OR-Pay Your Citation
Defendants who are not otherwise required to make a personal appearance in court may use this service to pay their citations online with a credit card. You may search for your case at the link below to see if your case is eligible for online payment.
If there has been a warrant issued for your arrest for your failure to appear or failure to pay, you may still be eligible to pay online. However, the warrant will not be recalled until payment is received by the court. This can take up to the next business day.
If you are convicted of a criminal offense, the sentence will include payment of a fine and court costs. If you are unable to pay that amount, bring this to the court's attention immediately. The judge can provide you with alternatives to full payment if you are determined to have insufficient resources or income to pay all or part of the fine or costs. For more information, consult an attorney or contact the court.Find Information about Cases and Dockets