Some offices at the Kleberg County Courthouse are being closed until further notice due to concerns with the novel coronavirus, as announced at this week’s Kleberg County Commissioner’s meeting.
On Monday, Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid allowed department leaders who work at the Kleberg County Courthouse to speak on the immediate future of their offices moving forward.
105th District Clerk Jennifer Whittington said her office is closed to the public. Whittington said there will be staff personnel in the building, but all correspondence by lawyers or those seeking information will be done through e-mail, e-filing and mail.
Phone calls can be made to the office at (361) 595-8561.
The Kleberg County Clerk’s office will also be closed to the public, but will have staff in the office.
Kleberg County Clerk Stephanie Garza said the office will be able to communicate by phone and e-mail.
Garza said birth certificates can be done in an application by mail, and the form will be mailed back to residents after the process is complete and marriage licenses will be done by appointment.
Court costs can be paid online, Garza said, and title companies have been notified they can contact the clerk’s office by fax, phone and e-mail.
The clerk’s office will close daily from noon to 1 p.m., for lunch.
For more information, contact the County Clerk’s office at (361) 595-8548.
The Kleberg County Tax Assesor-Collector’s office will be closed to the public, but will be taking tax statements online or by mail, and the staff will be in the office taking phone calls.
For motor vehicle information or filing for registrations, residents can contact (361) 595-8541; for property tax and voter registration, residents may contact (361) 595-8542.
The Kleberg County Attorney’s office will be closed as well, but can be reached by phone for emergency court proceedings at (361) 595-8583.
The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled all in-person jail visits until further notice, but Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick said residents can visit the KCSO website to participate in video visitation online. Instructions on how to use the video visitation site can be found at https://www.klebergcoso.org/communicate-with-an-inmate.
Kirkpatrick said regarding jail bonds, residents will be allowed to communicate with the KCSO office on their options.
No one will be allowed to congregate in the lobby, but residents will be able to walk in one at a time to post bond.
Those wanting to send money to inmates will be able to do so online.
For more information, contact the KCSO at (361) 595-8500.
Kleberg County Court-at-Law Judge Jaime Carrillo announced that cases with court dates in the month of April have been suspended, and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Any person with a court case in County Court-at-Law in the month of April will receive a new court date by mail.
The only exceptions to the cancellations include jail dockets, juvenile detention hearings, mental health court hearings, temporary restraining orders, child protective services emergency removals and protective orders.
The Kleberg County Insurance Coordinator’s office will stay open for Kleberg County employees who have questions about their insurance coverage.
The Kleberg County Judge’s office, Kleberg County Treasurer’s office and the Kleberg County Auditor’s offices will remain open unless another announcement is made at a later time.