GRIMES COUNTY COURT AT LAW

GRIMES COUNTY COURT AT LAW

GRIMES COUNTY COURT AT LAWGRIMES COUNTY COURT AT LAW
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JUDGE TUCK MOODY MCLAIN

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COVID 19 EMERGENCY ORDERS AND PROCEDURES

EFFECTIVE 4/1/2020, ALL HEARINGS IN THE GRIMES COUNTY COURT AT LAW WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING.


Effective March 16, 2020 through 5/1/2020, and subject to extension, the Court will only set emergency matters concerning children, habeas corpus proceedings, hearings on applications for Protective Order against Family Violence, criminal bond hearings, Art. 17.151 hearings, juvenile detention hearings or imposition of conditions of release on an as need basis. These matters, when set, will be conducted via Zoom Video Conferencing. All non-emergency matters will be postponed till after May 1, 2020.


In person criminal pleas will only be set upon extraordinary circumstances.


Currently set civil hearings, including family law matters, will remain on the court’s docket, subject to reset by the Court, and will be heard as scheduled as long as they can be conducted using Zoom Video Conferencing. All other matters will be reset to a date after May 1, 2020.  Please contact the Court at CCL@grimescountytexas.gov to confirm the setting.

 

If a matter can be handled via submission, it should be.


Mental health commitments and guardianships will be handled on a case by case basis.


Please read the Emergency Orders and Procedures  for more detail.  These Orders should be considered in conjunction with Emergency Orders issue by the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals linked below as well as Executive  Orders issued by the Governor of Texas.

COVID 19 COURT CANCELLATIONS AND EMEGENCY ORDERS

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EMERGENCY ORDER TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATION

The Grimes County District Courts and County Court at Law have entered the attached EMERGENCY ORDER TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATION to assist in the reduction of the population of the Grimes County Jail in accordance with the recommendation of Texas Jail Standards.  These decision will be based on the safety of the community as well as the safety of the jail staff and inmates. 

CRIMINAL

The following Criminal Dockets are cancelled:


March 18, 2020     RESET TO 6/10/2020

April 15, 2020

April 23, 2020

April 28,2020


JURY TRIAL

The following Jury Trial dates are cancelled:


April 29, 2020

JUVENILE DOCKETS

The following Juvenile Dockets are cancelled:


March 19, 2020

April 2, 2020

April 16, 2020

OTHER

All attorney prove-up dockets are cancelled.  See the Court's COVID 19 Emergency Orders for process to "prove up " agreed divorce decrees.

WEEKEND/WORK RELEASE JAIL SERVICE

All weekend or work release misdemeanor jail service is postponed effective immediately.  Jail service will resume after 5/1/20 unless this order is extended.

GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS GOVERNING COURTS

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GOVERNORS OFFICE COVID-19 INFORMATION

This link is to the Texas Governor's Coronavirus information page.  This includes Executive Orders related to travel restrictions that may play a part in the enforcement of certain trial court orders.

Welcome

This website is designed to give attorneys and parties practicing in the County Court at Law guidance on the Court's preferred methods of practice.  These guidelines are designed to supplement existing Rules and statutes governing the practice of law in Texas.  To the extent any of these guidelines are perceived to conflict with state rules or statutes, the state rules and statutes will control.  It is the hope of the Court that this website will simplify attorneys dealings with the court and add a degree of predictability while practicing in the County Court at Law.


Please use the Navigation bar at the top of the page to familiarize yourself with the guidelines as they relates to specific areas of practice.  Also, explore the "INFO" tab for more specific information as well as documents utilized by the Court.  


Much of the information on this website, including many of the forms used, were taken from various Courts around the State.  Thanks is given to those Courts for making their information available for use.   The Court is always open to constructive criticisms as it relates to the website.  

ABOUT THE COUNTY COURT AT LAW

The Grimes County Court at Law was created October 1, 2017. Judge Tuck Moody McLain was appointed as the inaugural Judge of the Court and was elected to begin his first full term beginning January 1, 2019. The Grimes County Court at Law has primary jurisdiction over all maters filed pursuant to the Texas Family Code including divorces, suits affecting parent child relationships, adoptions and terminations. The County Court at Law is also the supervising Court for the IV-D Attorney General Court. The County Court at Law also hears all misdemeanor criminal cases involving incarceration in the Grimes County Jail, juvenile matters, probate, guardianships and mental health cases. The County Court at Law has jurisdiction over any general civil matters with an amount in controversy from $200 - $200,000 however, matters filed with an amount in controversy of $10,000 or less will be heard by the Constitutional County Court. The County Court at Law also hears all suits brought for condemnation of land unless the suit raises an issue related to the title of land.


The Constitutional County Court of Grimes County shares jurisdiction on some matters with the County Court at Law. The proper Court for filing is clarified pursuant to a Filing Order

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jurisdiction and filing information

General

The Grimes County Court at Law has jurisdiction over: 

  1. Misdemeanor Criminal Cases,
  2. Civil Cases with an amount in controversy from $500.00 - $200,000.00,
  3. Juvenile Prosecutions, 
  4. Probate, 
  5. Mental health proceedings,
  6. Eminent Domain proceedings as long as they do not involve title to real property and 
  7. Family Law cases,
  8. Appellate jurisdiction of matters heard in the Justice Courts or Municipal Courts of Grimes County including, but limited to, appeals from criminal convictions and appeals from Forcible Entry and Detainer proceedings. 


Family Law Cases brought by the Attorney General Pursuant Article VI-D are handled by the VI-D Associate Judge. Cases involving Child Protective Services are handled by the CPS Cluster Court.

 

All other Family Law matters will be heard by the County Court at Law.


For more information for filing cases in Grimes County between the 12th District Court, the 506th District Court and the County Court at Law, see the Letter of Instruction for Filing of Cases with Concurrent Jurisdiction. 


For filings in the County Clerk where there is concurrent jurisdiction with the Constitutional County Court. See the Standing Order for Filing in the County Clerk

All filings for the County Court at Law shall be with the County Clerk except family law matters. 


FAMILY LAW MATTERS MUST BE FILED WITH THE DISTRICT CLERK.

Filing information: County Court at Law, the 12th & 506th District Courts and the County Court

These "Standing Orders" govern the filing of specific types of cases in Grimes County.  Please read these orders before filing your case to ensure it is filed in the appropriate court.


Standing Order for Case Filing with the County Clerk


Letter of Instruction for Filing of Cases with Concurrent Jurisdiction.