Flooded Harris Co. courthouse may be closed 8 months

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It could be several months before cases will be heard again inside Harris County's criminal justice courthouse.

On Tuesday, the county announced it may not reopen the building until May. It received extensive water damage during last week's storms.

Because of this, staff spent the day cleaning offices, and removing items. County District Attorney Kim Ogg said her staff will move to another site.

"The building is damaged and the district attorney's office is moving from one building to another building," Ogg said. "They've been making plans to move for another week. preparing to do that."

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Criminal cases will be moved to the civil courthouse. Those trials are canceled for September.

Also, the county wanted to remind those dealing with flooding at home, they can reschedule jury summons three times. As for where jury members will meet, we still don't know.

The county's jury assembly flooded. The county is expected to update on that and other buildings Wednesday morning.

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