staff include

Lynn Ellison
81st District Judge
Julie Verastegui
81st Court Reporter
jevcsr@81-218.txcourts.gov

Russell Wilson
218th District Judge
Liche Cavazos
218th Court Reporter
lcavazos@81-218.txcourts.gov

Jennifer Poppe
Court Administrator

Lori Riley
Court Coordinator

Norma Villanueva
Assistant Court Coordinator

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Welcome to the 81st & 218th Judicial District Court website . . .
Serving Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, La Salle and Wilson Counties

DISTRICT COURT - BEGINNING - MAY 1, 2021

       Nonjury COVID-19 Rollback Plan


        Jury Selection Plan TBD


ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON SETTINGS
(to be used in conjuction with District Court Calendar)


 

April 2021
  • All court settings will remain remote via Zoom
  • Civil multi-county dockets are allowed
 
May 2021
  • The District Judge calendared for the circuit will hold IN PERSON court proceedings.  Monday’s will be mixed criminal and civil dockets; Tuesday – Thursday will be IN PERSON criminal dockets
  • The District Judge calendared for jury trial will hold court REMOTELY via Zoom.  Monday’s will be mixed criminal and civil dockets for the county set for jury trial; Tuesday – Thursday will be civil dockets via zoom following the same county set for circuit court.  Civil dockets will no longer be mixed multi-county dockets.       
 
June 2021 and Beyond
  • The District Judges will hold all court proceeding IN PERSON with jury trials resuming, June 1, 2021
  • Judge Wilson’s criminal and civil dockets will be held REMOTELY on June 21st (ATAS), July 19th (WILS) July 26th (ATAS), August 9th (WILS), August 16th (WILS) and August 30th (WILS)


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DISTRICT COURT PLANS TO BE FOLLOWED UNTIL MAY 1, 2021:


COVID-19 COURT REOPENING PLANS BY COUNTY



Atascosa County COVID-19 Operating Plan
        Atascosa County - 1st Addendum to Operating Plan
        Atascosa County - 2nd Addendum to Operating Plan

Frio County COVID-19 Operating Plan
        Frio County - 1st Addendum to Operating Plan
        Frio County - 2nd Addendum to Operating Plan

Karnes County COVID-19 Operating Plan
        Karnes County - 1st Addendum to Operating Plan
        Karnes County - 2nd Addendum to Operating Plan

LaSalle County COVID-19 Operating Plan
        LaSalle County - 1st Addendum to Operating Plan
        LaSalle County - 2nd Addendum to Operating Plan

Wilson County COVID-19 Operating Plan

        Wilson County - 1st Addendum to Operating Plan
        Wilson County - 2nd Addendum to Operating Plan


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ATTENTION ATTORNEYS

Below you will find the latest directives for court proceedings in the 81st & 218th Judicial Districts.  Click on the linked title to review directive details.

REVISED CIVIL DIRECTIVES - Issued 5/27/2020

CIVIL MATTERS:

Request for Civil Hearing By Personal Appearance - issued 5/27/2020

First Directive Reopening Limited Personal Appearance Civil Settings - issued 5/27/2020
Request for Ruling Without Hearing Form - issued 3/26/2020
Directive re Uncontested Divorces Proven by Affidavit - issued 3/19/2020
Self Represented Uncontested Divorce With Children - issued 3/19/2020
Self Represented Uncontested Divorce Without Children - issued 3/19/2020
           Second Notice re Public Access to Video Conference Hearings  - issued 3/27/2020


CRIMINAL MATTERS:  (directives have not changed)

Notice re Public Access to Video Conference Hearings - issued 3/26/2020
First Directive for Criminal Defendants on Bond in District Court - issued 3/19/2020
Acknowledgement of Suspension of Criminal Dockets Due to COVID-19 and Responsibility to Keep Court Informed of Address - issued 3/19/2020


Until further Order no jury trials will be set.  When jury trials resume, notice will be posted at least 60 days before the first jury selection date.

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HEALTH WARNING

Civil parties, criminal defendants, attorneys, and staff, with COVID-19, a particularized concern that they have been exposed to COVID-19, flu-like symptoms, fever, or coughing, are ORDERED to NOT APPEAR, but notify the Court Coordinator at 830-769-3750, or coordinator@81-218.txcourts.gov, for rescheduling.

Attorney Resources

Through this site, attorneys can review current court dates and request setting dates for their cases. Visit the Attorney Section to access the Online Request Form and Instructions, as well as other pertinent information.

This online system is designed to facilitate the setting of court appearances in the most efficient manner for both attorneys and court personnel.

Public Resources

The public can review the Court Calendar to verify dates and times of hearings. Jury Duty information can also be found on the General Information page.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 830-769-3750 or via email at coordinator@81-218.txcourts.gov.



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CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 830-769-3750
Fax: 830-769-2841
1405 Campbell Avenue
Jourdanton, Texas 78026
coordinator@81-218.txcourts.gov

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