Attorney Information

Requesting a Hearing

  • Unless you want a hearing set at the Court’s convenience, request potential hearing dates from the Court Coordinator via email with all parties copied on the email. Please include how much time you need set aside for the hearing in the email.
  • The Coordinator will then “reply all” with available dates and times. 
  • Please do not copy the Court Coordinator with all the discussions of which date is best. 
  • Once the parties have agreed to a date and time, email the Court Coordinator with the agreed date and time and e-file an Order Setting Hearing for Judge to sign. Make sure you copy all parties on the email with the agreed setting. 

Please Note: this Court does not accept “Notices of Hearings” only Orders Setting. Please keep in mind that dates and times may have been previously given out, so, it is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Requesting a Continuance or resetting of a hearing

  • Prior to contacting the Court, both parties must confer with each other in order to avoid unnecessary court time. 
  • If both parties are in agreement, please file your agreed motion and submit an agreed order for the Judge’s approval. The Judge may require a hearing. The continuance or reset is not granted until the Judge’s signature is on the order. 
  • To a request a reset of a hearing you must get the agreement of the opposing party via email. Forward the agreement to the coordinator with your request. 

Marking Exhibits

  • Prior to trial, mark all exhibits with sequential numbers beginning with 1, 2, 3, and so on. Do not use alphabet letters. 
  • All exhibits are to be one-sided. 
  • All audio/video exhibits must be in proper .mp3 or .mp4 formats. 
  • Prior to trial, provide a list of numbered exhibits to the Court Reporter. 

REQUESTING A TRANSCRIPT

  • Email Melissa Crooks, the official Court Reporter of the 142nd District Court the cause number, style of the case, the date of hearing, and requested portions of record.

DAILY COPY 

Daily Copies MUST be requested 30 days prior to trial. Contact Melissa Crooks via email, the Official Court Reporter for the 142nd District Court via email for these requests. 

Jury Charge

Prior to trial, email your proposed or suggested charge to the Court Coordinator in Word form.