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County Court at Law 4

CCL4 Reset Procedure


County Court at Law No. 4 allows off docket reset requests for Defendants represented by defense counsel as set forth below.

The following circumstances require a Defendant to appear in person for Court and may not reset off docket:

  • Defendants on the Domestic Violence Court docket
  • Defendants on the Mental Health Treatment Court docket
  • Self-represented and pro se Defendants
  • Defendants for which an FTA (failure to appear) warrant was issued
  • Defendants previously admonished by the Judge for ACOB violations, and/or placed on zero tolerance
  • Defendants previously arrested for violations of their Ancillary Conditions of Bond (ACOB)
  • Note: All Defendants for which the Court has ordered Ancillary Conditions of Bond must follow the additional requirements to be eligible for an off docket reset (see below).

Procedures for attorneys to request an off docket reset in eligible cases:

Arraignment Settings

  1. A letter of representation must be filed with the County Clerk’s office and be listed as the attorney of record in the Clerk’s file before the court will consider an off docket reset. The attorney of record or a designated member of their staff may e-mail ccl4resets@mctx.org to request an off docket reset up to 48 hours before the scheduled court date. Please include the defendant’s name and case number(s) in the request.
  2. Court-appointed attorneys will need to have their client complete and sign the Standing Notice to Defendant Regarding Repayment of Attorney Costs and Fees, and must return the completed form to the court before the court will consider an off docket reset. You may find a copy of this form here. Be sure to fully complete the form with the client’s name, case number, designation of ability to pay, date and signature, or the form will not be accepted and the client will be required to appear in court in person on their designated court date.
  3. If the court grants an off docket reset, the Court will provide the attorney with reset dates and the reset form for the Defendant’s signature. The reset must be emailed back to the court with the Defendant’s signatures within 24 hours prior to the currently scheduled court date, or the defendant will be expected to appear for court.  

Pre-Trial Settings

  1. The Court will allow up to three Pre-Trial settings before the case is set on the Trial Docket. Court staff is not authorized to approve additional pre-trial settings without Court approval. For Cases needing additional settings, the attorney will need to speak with the Judge directly, and may appear at an off docket court date to do so.
  2. The attorney of record or a designated member of their staff may e-mail ccl4resets@mctx.org the correspondence requested up to 48 hours before the scheduled court date. Reminder: A letter of representation must be filed with the County Clerk’s office and be listed as the attorney of record in the Clerk’s file before the court will consider an off docket reset.
  3. Counsel representing the Defendant must provide a case status and conference with the State of Texas (Assistant District Attorneys assigned to CCL4) regarding the case(s). The correspondence to the Court requesting an off docket reset must include: the Defendant’s name, case number, whether the State is opposed/unopposed to a reset and the status of the case(s).
  4. If the court grants an off docket reset, the Court will provide the attorney with reset dates and the reset form for the Defendant’s signature. The reset must be emailed back to the court with the Defendant’s signatures within 24 hours prior to the currently scheduled court date, or the defendant will be expected to appear for court.

Call Docket/Trial Setting

Defendants set on a Call Docket or Trial setting must attend their court setting in person and will not be granted an off docket reset.

Defendants with Court-Ordered Ancillary Conditions of Bond:

  1. Prior to contacting the Court to request an off docket reset, the attorney of record or a designated member of their staff must contact the CCL4 assigned Probation Court Liaison (CLO) Sandra Barboza (sandra,barboza@mctx.org) to determine whether the Defendant is in compliance with their Ancillary Conditions of Bond.
  2. If the CLO communicates that the defendant is in compliance, the attorney of record or a designated member of their staff may then follow the above procedures for the designated court setting to request an off docket reset. The CLO’s returned correspondence indicating compliance must be included in your e-mail request for an off docket reset to the court.
  3. Once approved by the Court for an off docket reset, Defendants with Ancillary Conditions of Bond in a case involving family violence must appear in the CCL4 Court Office to sign their reset in person during regular business hours, up to 24 hours prior to their currently set court date.

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