Live Appearances at the Court
The Amarillo Municipal Court has enacted an operating plan pursuant to the directives of the Texas State Office of the Court Administrator (TX OCA). The complete operating plan may be accessed under the Covid tab. To promote the safety of all entering the Courthouse as directed by the TX OCA, all members of the public will be required to pass a screening. The screening will occur prior to entering the building. The screening process shall include the following:
- When individuals attempt to enter the court building, a court bailiff or other trained city employee will ask the individuals if they are feeling feverish; have a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, or have been in close contact with a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19. Individuals who indicate “yes” to any of these questions will be refused admittance to the court building and will be rescheduled for hearing at a later date.
- When an individual attempts to enter the court building, a court bailiff or other trained city employee will use a no-contact, infrared thermometer to determine the temperature of the individual. Individuals whose temperature equals or exceeds 100.0ºF will be refused admittance to the court building and will be rescheduled for hearing at a later date.
Any person who declines to participate in the screening process will be asked to reschedule. Any person that does not pass the screening process will be asked to reschedule. Please remember the virtual court option is available. Those individuals asked to reschedule must contact the Court immediately at (806)378-3072 to reschedule a virtual court hearing or another Live Appearance. It is the obligation of the Defendant to reschedule the court appearance in a timely manner.
As part of Court’s operating plan, we ask that only defendants with business before the Court are permitted entrance. Please leave your family at home during this time as we are limiting the number of people inside the building to promote social distancing. We appreciate your cooperation.
- All individuals entering the court building will be encouraged to wear face coverings at all times. Please bring a mask with you to court.
- All persons not from the same household who are permitted in the court building will be required to maintain an adequate social distance of at least 6 feet.Signs and floor markings have been posted indicating
- Each restroom and courtroom have been evaluated to determine the appropriate capacity to ensure social distancing and the maximum capacity has been posted on each door.
Vulnerable Populations: Individuals who are over age 65 and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy are considered to be vulnerable populations. If you identify as a member of a vulnerable population, you may contact the court and request accommodation to ensure social distancing.