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Computer Bug Keeps Court Terminals Idle

A computer virus that infected the Houston Municipal

Court system has not been cleaned out. That means the

Court system will remain shut down until Thursday.

Pat Hernandez has more.



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It was thought that the computer virus was similar to the one that affected some 10-million computer terminals worldwide. The infection is a new variant that’s been on the internet for several years.

Gwendolyn Goins with the municipal court system says it affected people who had arraignments set, trials by judge or jury, or non-issue settings. They have been postponed and will be notified by mail.

“Right now, we’re not having any significant delays because of the fact that we’ve postponed dockets, so basically, we don’t have anyone in the courtroom. The court facilities are still open though, for other folks who want to be able to come by and take care of other court business .”

Problems with the computer surfaced last week and the virus was isolated to a fraction of the city’s 16-thousand computers.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.

As of 2/9/2009 at 6:30 pm…


Cases will be reset by mail for individuals who have cases scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2009
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2009

*Please note that reset notices will be sent to the last known address of record.


Jury service has been cancelled for: 

  • Tuesday, February 10, 2009
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2009

*Those scheduled for jury service on these days will be rescheduled and notified by mail of their new date of service.


Individuals are encouraged to visit the Court’s website to learn of mail options and to receive court related announcements and information.

Payment of fines can be made as follows: 

  • Online at
  • Via Western Union
  • By Mail (P.O. Box 4996, Houston, Texas 77210-4996)