Effective April 2, officers subpoenaed for municipal court cases will be able to check in at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m., making court appearances much more convenient for officers and the affected citizens.
The policy change made by Chief Municipal Judge Barbara E. Hartle came at the urging of the Houston Police Officers Union, HPOU President Ray Hunt said. “It (the policy requiring the 10 a.m. schedule) was asinine,” Hunt said. “Now for those people subpoenaed to municipal court reporting at 8 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. will mean the Night Shift officers can go directly from their shift to court.
“This way they won’t have to go home and sleep for two hours before getting up to come to court. It (the 10 a.m. reporting schedule) also has been a big problem for citizens who have to sit around and wait to see if the officers are going to show up for their cases.”
Hunt expressed satisfaction that Judge Hartle had changed a policy that has been “disruptive to officers and to the public.” He said many citizens “had to come in and waste their entire day because of a stupid policy” that has been in effect about two years.