In 2008, the Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency (JRITE) designed and implemented an emergency program to prevent or manage disrupted court operations in emergencies. The Interim Plan that has since been implemented in many counties throughout Texas.
In March 2016, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an order superseding its 2007 order and created the Task Force for Judicial Emergency Preparedness (TFJEP). The TFJEP was charged with reviewing the status of the Interim Plan's implementation across this State, and to evaluate the adequacy of the Interim Plan as an ongoing means of ensuring that the Texas judiciary can continue performing its essential functions amid disruptive events. The committee believed that overlap existed between the assessment and response features of court security and emergency preparedness.