Tag Archives: Texas Office of Court Administration

Megan LaVoie appointed Office of Court Administration administrative director

Megan LaVoie has been appointed Office of Court Administration administrative director effective December 1. LaVoie replaces Interim Administrative Director Mena Ramón, who has been serving in the role since August 2021 when David Slayton left the position to become vice president of court consulting services for the National Center for State Courts.… Continue Reading

Texas OCA signs new eFiling contract

The Texas Office of Court Administration, or OCA, signed a new contract with Tyler Technologies to continue eFileTexas through 2027. “We’ve achieved a great deal of success for our courts through the use of eFileTexas,” David Slayton, OCA administrative director, said in a press release. “Electronic filing has been key to the Texas judiciary’s ability … Continue Reading

Texas courts held over 10,000 remote hearings in past 2 weeks, OCA estimates

Texas courts held more than 10,000 hearings over the past two weeks through Zoom licenses issued by the Office of Court Administration, the OCA reported Thursday. Judges spent a combined 22,700 hours in hearings with nearly 51,000 participants over that period, according to the OCA. This week, the OCA released a video highlighting Texas courts’ transition to … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 3, 2020

Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community. Important links State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources … Continue Reading

OCA: Attorneys are ‘essential’ but should work remotely if possible

Attorneys are “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic because they support the operations of the judicial system, but they still should work remotely from home if possible and practice social distancing in the interest of public health, according to updated guidance from the Office of Court Administration. The OCA issued a revised Travel Authorization letter … Continue Reading

State Bar coronavirus update: travel authorization for lawyers, Zoom resources, and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We hope this message finds you safe and well. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Orders and Travel Authorization for Lawyers Many … Continue Reading

Office of Court Administration announces travel authorization for Texas attorneys and staff under stay-at-home orders

Texas lawyers should lead by example with telework, alternatives to in-person meetings, and social distancing but also must be permitted to practice law free from local stay-at-home orders, according to the Office of Court Administration, as it acknowledged that the need for legal services only increases in a disaster like the COVID-19 pandemic. “Lawyers and … Continue Reading

OCA issues Zoom and YouTube support information for courts, judges

The Office of Court Administration is providing judges the ability to stream and host court proceedings via Zoom and YouTube. The Texas Constitution’s Open Courts Provision requires that all courts maintain public access. Only State of Texas Judges are eligible for access to the OCA-provided Zoom accounts. To request access or inquire about a previous … Continue Reading

Coronavirus update: MCLE deadlines extended, new court orders issued

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Monday. As the State Bar of Texas and Texas courts continue to adjust operations to the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic, we are reaching out to share important updates. MCLE Deadlines Extended We … Continue Reading