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COVID-19 changes courthouse business

Business has changed at the Nueces County Courthouse
Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 01:37:00-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — COVID-19 has changed the way business is conducted at the Nueces County Courthouse.

It was a weird vibe at the courthouse today.

It's still open for business, but it was hard to tell.

Mostly empty, very quiet with lots of disinfecting and almost every window closed. There were documents filed by Dropbox. It’s the different, sometimes confusing and frustrating time we are living in.

“This is a lot different," said Jonathan McComb of McComb Relocation. "They’re all closed. Not a lot of people talking. I was hoping they’d still be open to register vehicles."

But Sylvia Jasso believed that a change still could have been expected - even with COVID-19.

“I bet if it was time to pay taxes windows would be open," Jasson said.

McComb agreed.

"I guess they’re on vacation too," he said. "No answer."

Here at the courthouse, coronavirus has even changed how love works.

Marriage licenses now are issued by appointment only.

However, this couple showed up without an appointment or a phone, so we helped out.

“I’m outside the window with a couple here who has a marriage license they need to have signed," we told the clerk who was involved. The clerk then came out and showed the newlyweds how to leave the marriage license in the Dropbox.

It will be signed and mailed back - something usually done face to face.

But not now.