Computer Virus Shuts Down Houston Municipal Courts
Dale Lezon writes in The Houston Chronicle:
A computer virus struck some City of Houston computers earlier this week, forcing municipal court operations to shut down for at least two days beginning at 4 p.m. today. officials said.More here.
Court offices will remain open and people can pay tickets and other fines as well as get assistance for court matters, but judges will not call dockets and handle cases, said Gwendolyn Goins, municipal courts spokeswoman.
The city hopes to have the problem fixed by Tuesday so that courts can resume full operation. However, she said, officials are uncertain how long it will take to correct the problem.
Goins said cases scheduled for dates and times when the courts will be closed will be automatically reset to later dates and people will be notified by mail.
She said the virus, which was first detected in some city computers Wednesday, has blocked access to files at the court.