The Travis County district judges have approved new standing orders effective January 1, 2020.
Standing Pretrial Order
In a previous post, I broke down how then-proposed changes to the standing pretrial order would affect the handling of proposed jury charges. Those changes made it into the final Standing Pretrial Scheduling Order for Civil and Family Jury Trials in the Travis County District Courts. Thus, lawyers trying cases in Travis County district court need to plan on (1) exchanging proposed jury charges six days before trial (rather than three days as the old order provided); and (2) conferring about the charge three days before trial (a new requirement).
Standing Submission Order and Others
Other new or revised standing orders effective January 1 include the Standing Order for Submission Procedures in Civil and Family Cases, the Standing Order in Limine for Jury Trials of Civil and Family Cases, and the Standing Order for Family Law Cases.
The standing submission order is noteworthy because it adopts a new procedure for submitting proposed orders for approval when a hearing is unnecessary. The order lays out the eligibility requirements and provides specific instructions on how parties may submit orders for approval and signature without a hearing and without appearing on the regular uncontested docket.