Harris County Criminal Justice Center Reopens Nearly Two Years After Harvey

The criminal courts shared courtrooms in the Family Law Center since Hurricane Harvey.

The Harris County Criminal Justice Center is located in downtown Houston.

Harris County’s 16 Criminal Courts at Law resumed operations in the Harris County Criminal Justice Center (CJC) on Monday as one more sign of post-Harvey recovery.

The hurricane flooded the CJC and the criminal courts have had to share courtrooms for bond docket and trial operations in the county’s Family Law Center. The county opened four floors of the CJC in June 2018, but the remaining floors had still been undergoing renovations.

Operations are resuming in temporarily assigned courtrooms.

The CJC sustained extensive damage to its basement and lower floors when Harvey’s torrential downpours flooded the facility in 2017. The basic repairs are complete, but the county has planned a multi-phase restoration project that will continue into 2020.

County officials have stated moving back to the CJC will provide greater access to courts and more opportunities for trials. It will also eliminate the need for sharing courtrooms.

This is the docket schedule:

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