Bell County Bar Association News

  • 05/28/2020 3:50 PM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    Please see attached documents from Judge Adams.

    Attached is the COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Bell County Judiciary which was approved by the Presiding Judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region on May 27, 2020.  A copy of the email from Judge Stubblefield  approving the Plan is also attached. The approval of this Plan will allow courts in Bell County to proceed with non-essential, in person hearings beginning June 1, 2020. These hearings will have to comply with this Plan, the prior orders of the Texas Supreme Court, and the guidelines of the OCA. The District Courts have elected to primarily continue with video-conference hearings via Lifesize through the month of June. We plan to start transitioning to a combination of Lifesize hearings and in person hearings in the month of July. All of this could change, of course, if the Texas Supreme Court and OCA place further restrictions on the courts.  For information about procedures for specific courts, please contact the court coordinator for each court by e-mail or as requested by that particular court.  In addition, please note that Emergency Order #17 of the Texas Supreme Court, dated May 26, 2020, has extended the suspension of jury trials until at least August 1, 2020.

    Gordon G. Adams

    Local Administrative Judge

    Judge, 169th District Court

    Bell County, Texas

    Approval Email from Judge Stubblefield - COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Bell County Judiciary.pdf

    COVID-19 Operating Safety Plan for the Bell County Judiciary - Approved.pdf

  • 05/28/2020 7:55 AM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    Attached is the 17th Emergency Order issued by the Supreme Court


  • 05/25/2020 1:54 PM | Cynthia Parker (Administrator)

    Please see attached letter regarding extension for filing briefs.

    Third Court of Appeals Blanket Extension Order.pdf

  • 05/19/2020 3:38 PM | Cynthia Helmandollar (Administrator)

    Due to the current situation, there will NOT be a Law Day program this year. However, the Bar DOES want to recognize the Jim Bowmer Lawyer of the Year, Public Sector Lawyer of the Year, and Young Lawyer of the Year.

    A PDF fillable ballot is attached. Please take a moment and nominate for the awards. Please email your completed ballot back to the Bar (; all nominations are confidential AND MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 3 P.M. ON MAY 20, 2020.

     Winners will be announced via email and the Bar's website following the June 10, 2020, Board meeting.

     Also, the following attorneys were elected to the expiring / vacant Board positions: John Gauntt, Jr.; Cari Starritt-Burnett, Kyle Watkins and our newest Board member, attorney Jay Stapler. Congratulations to all and thank you for serving on the Board!!!



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