August 14, 2018

ABC13 – A look inside Harris County’s evidence locker room

HOUSTON (KTRK) — Over the years, Houston has had some shocking murder cases. After the case is tried, all that evidence gets locked up in Harris County’s evidence room. Not a lot of people get to come into the evidence room which is located in downtown Houston. At first glance, a lot of stuff looks like something you may find …

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May 28, 2018

County.org – Clerks Rushed to Reopen After Hurricane Harvey

Once the lights were back on, district and county clerks relocated or erected temporary offices to serve the public May 25, 2018 By Jorjanna Price Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel helps drain water from the flooded Jury Plaza in Houston. As Hurricane Harvey came roaring toward the Texas Gulf Coast in late August 2017, word went out in Refugio County to …

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January 14, 2018

HoustonPublicMedia – Court Delays From Harvey Likely To Persist Into 2019

The Harris County court system is still adjusting to the “new normal” four months after Harvey. The storm wrecked the Criminal Justice Center and the jury assembly building. Jury trials resumed in October, but with many of the courtrooms still out of commission, County Court Manager Ed Wells says judges have to double up. “So in a month’s time, each …

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October 17, 2017

BizJournals – Harris County jury duty resumes in temporary facilities

As expected, Harris County courts resumed jury service on Oct. 16, more than a month after Hurricane Harvey closed several downtown buildings. However, court activities are still being housed in temporary facilities. Prospective jurors reported to makeshift jury assembly room in the basement of the county administration building, at 1001 Preston, and had to move to courts’ temporary locations around …

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October 16, 2017

HoustonPress – Harris County Jury Duty Is Back After Harvey — Albeit with “Portable Bathrooms”

After weeks of delayed justice since Hurricane Harvey plummeted the Harris County court system into chaos, hundreds of jurors are set to descend on the downtown court complex Monday so defendants pleading not guilty can finally start having their days in court. Jury duty was cancelled during Harvey and after the floodwaters got so high they seeped through the walls …

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September 7, 2017

KHOU – Harris County Jury Trials Delayed For At Least 1 Month

Every week, more than 7,000 potential jurors normally gather in an underground assembly room near the Harris County Criminal Justice Center. Now, there is nowhere for them to go. “Eleven feet of water had to be pumped out of here. This became a retention pond,” said Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel. In many ways, the jury assembly room is …

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July 12, 2017

CommunityImpact – Harris County extends hours at satellite passport offices

The Harris County District Clerk’s office has extended the hours at several satellite passport offices, including offices in Humble, Spring and the Cy-Fair/Katy area. The move was made after the new offices—which were all opened in 2015 within area libraries—proved to be popular among residents as alternatives to getting passports at the post office, District Clerk Chris Daniel said. “When we …

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February 18, 2017

KHOU – Clerks Call For More Security After Attack

It was a frightening Friday inside the Harris County District Clerk’s office. A man threatened employees before throwing things at them, and it was all caught on camera. “He became agitated and grabbed a stapler and threw at the heads of the clerks,” said District Clerk Chris Daniel. Longtime employee Lori Baranowski was one of the clerks who just missed …

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