Bell County Bar Association News

  • 02/11/2022 8:46 AM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    Below are the new Criminal Court Procedures for District Court effective 2-28-22.

    All hearings will be IN PERSON (unless previously approved by the Court).

    Incarcerated defendants/parties will continue to appear by video from the jail.

     27th District Court schedule will be as follows:

    • 8:45am - Docket Call (Announcement / Arraignment / Pretrial / Plea without e-filed paperwork / Jury Trial Docket Call)

    • 9:15am - Scheduled hearings (Plea with e-filed paperwork, Sentencing, Status Hearings / Special Hearings / Jury Trials)

    • Jury Trial: March 21st

     264th District Court schedule will be as follows:

    • 9:00am - Docket Call (Announcement / Arraignment / Pretrial / Plea without e-filed paperwork / Jury Trial Docket Call)

    • 9:15am - Scheduled hearings (Plea with e-filed paperwork, Sentencing, Status Hearings / Special Hearings / Jury Trials)

    • Jury Trial: March 7th

     426th District Court schedule will be as follows:

    • 8:30am - Docket Call (Announcement / Arraignment / Pretrial / Plea without e-filed paperwork / Jury Trial Docket Call)

    • 9:15am - Scheduled hearings (Plea with e-filed paperwork, Sentencing, Status Hearings / Special Hearings / Jury Trials)

    • Jury Trial: February 28th (2nd on list for March 7th and March 21st)

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    • Plea paperwork is required to be e-filed prior to receiving a scheduled hearing.

    • Agreed announcements can still be sent by e-mail. The AGREED announcement deadline is NOON the business day before the hearing. If announcements are not submitted by deadline the attorney and defendant are required to appear for docket call.

    **Attorneys to speak first and then send ONE agreed e-mail to the Court**

    • Jury selection will be held in the 146th District Courtroom.


  • 02/07/2022 9:08 PM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    See attached Administrative Order issued by Judge Jones.

    Administrative Order (dated 2-7-2022).pdf

    Cindi Parker

    Executive Director

  • 02/03/2022 4:07 PM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    All Bell County offices will be closed Friday, February 4th due to inclement weather.


    Cindi Parker

    Executive Director

  • 01/03/2022 5:16 PM | Deleted user

    Please find the attached Administrative Order along with the court procedures for posting and e-mail.

    2022 0103 Administrative Order.pdf

    2022 0110 Court Procedures.pdf

  • 12/01/2021 3:31 PM | Deleted user

    Please see attached for updated COUNTY Clerk civil and probate fees per SB 41, changes effective 1/1/22.

    County Clk - Civil Fees 2022-01-01.pdf

    County Clk - Probate Fees 2022-01-01.pdf


  • 12/01/2021 12:03 PM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    Pursuant to Senate Bill 41, several of our Civil/Family fees will increase effective January 1, 2022.

    Attached is the fee sheet for the new rates effective January 1, 2022 for the District Clerk's office.

    CIVIL AND FAMILY FEES 2022.pdf


  • 09/15/2021 6:50 AM | Deleted user

    Below is the criminal District Court schedule for future court procedures starting October 4, 2021, until the end of the year, subject to ongoing developments in county health procedures and policies.

    Criminal District Court Procedures - 10-4-2021.pdf

  • 08/16/2021 12:21 PM | Deleted user

    Please join us on Friday, September 3, 2021, at 3 p.m. for the swearing in of Judge Cari Starritt-Burnett as the new Judge for the 169th Judicial District Court of Bell County. We will gather in Judge Jones' courtroom for the ceremony, light refreshments will be served. 

    Cari Starritt-Burnett swearing in.jpg


  • 08/03/2021 11:00 AM | Deleted user

    Effective August 1st all trials, hearings and other proceedings in Bell County District Court shall be conducted in person. See attached policy.

     

    Consent for a hearing to be conducted remotely (or a party to appear remotely) will only be permitted by written order for good cause and not for the convenience of the parties and/or the attorneys. This consent MUST be granted by the Court prior to hearing date. Any permitted remote proceeding shall be subject to the Bell County District Court Local Rules, including rules regarding attire and conduct in the court room.

     

    All felony announcement and pretrial dockets (this DOES NOT include jury trial docket calls) will still be done by e-mail to the Court with the agreed announcement prior to the court date.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jessica Sutton

    Administrative Coordinator

    27th District Court Coordinator

    Bell County District Courts

     

    Please note my new e-mail address: Jessica.Sutton@bellcounty.texas.gov

     

    **Effective July 1, 2021, notices of hearings and trials for cases in the Bell County District Courts will be sent to the parties by e-mail. On criminal cases, a notice will ONLY be sent to the defendants on bond if an e-mail address has been provided for the defendant by the bond company on the bond.

    Remote Hearing Policy in District Court - July 8 2021.pdf


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