I just realized this post on the General Order establishing targeted visitor restrictions for EDTX courthouses through May 1, didn’t go up when it should have. Here it is, with my apologies.
The revisions to Judge Albright’s OGP are now out.
The Plano courthouse is now closed as result of a visit by a person with a “presumptive positive” diagnosis for the COVID-19 virus.
I’ve added a new tab under LEGAL TOPICS with information on the effect of the virus on local courts, including standing, general and case-specific orders.
This General Order provides additional guidance regarding EDTX operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The important take-away is that all jury trials which were scheduled to begin through May 1, 2020 are continued to a date to be reset by each presiding judge. But that continuance of the trial settings does not continue any pending deadlines other than the trial dates.
Similar to Judge Gilstrap’s prior order for his cases, attorneys should contact the presiding judges in their cases if they need to modify other deadlines. Individual judges may continue to hold proceedings as they deem appropriate, and counsel, again, are directed to seek relief from those matters by appropriate motions when necessary. “This order is intended to afford each presiding judge with maximum discretion to handle their respective dockets (aside from jury trials addressed above) as they deem best considering the totality of the circumstances.”
The most recent Marshall Division patent scheduling conferences took place January 28, and here are the results.
Robin Richardson of the Marshall News Messenger has the story on a local high school class’ visit to Judge Gilstrap’s courtroom in Marshall.
The Fifth Circuit is seeking applications from candidates for a 14-year appointment as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the EDTX at Tyler. The Public Notice can be found here.
Another batch of status conferences last week.
Just got out of the Marshall patent scheduling conferences originally scheduled for last month, so here’s the relevant information re: cases heard and time to Markman and trial.