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Specialty Programs

The Honorable John Lipscombe, County Court at Law #3

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Judge Lipscombe provides an after hours docket providing easier access to working families and students which meets twice per month.


Judge Lipscombe provides an after hours docket providing easier access to working families and students which meets twice per month. It allows the ability to check progress, receipts for surcharge payments and also provides resets for additional time, if needed, to resolve cases

Judge’s discretion.

The Judge will determine which cases are appropriate for the after hours docket.

The Honorable Elisabeth Earle, County Court at Law #7

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The mission of the Travis County DWI Program is to enhance community safety and improve lives by facilitating rehabilitation through a collaborative process, which includes treatment, supervision and judicial involvement. The goals of the Travis County DWI Court Program are protection of the community, maintenance of an alcohol and drug free lifestyle for the offender through treatment, and reduction in recidivism.


The Travis County DWI Court is a court-sanctioned program that follows the Ten Key Components recommended by the National Association of the Drug Court Professionals. The court consists of a twelve-month (or longer) program targeting repeat DWI offenders. The program integrates local criminal justice resources, case management, and substance abuse treatment to rehabilitate repeat DWI offenders in lieu of (in some cases) incarceration.

Participants in the DWI Court are required to attend court for progress review weekly, every other week, or monthly, depending on their progress and phase completion. The DWI Court Team meets weekly to review individual progress and recommend to the Judge appropriate incentives for accomplishments or sanctions for program non-compliance.

Upon the participant’s successful completion of the phased treatment program, and having complied with all the DWI Court requirements with continued sobriety, the participant will graduate.

  • DWI offenders must be 18 years and older
  • Resident of Travis County
  • DWI 2nd or subsequent arrest within 2 years of first arrest or conviction
  • No victim involvement
  • No unresolved holds or warrants from other jurisdictions
  • No unresolved pending cases
  • Has not previously received an assessment and been referred to counseling for the same offense
  • Criminal history will be evaluated on a case by case basis with these general guidelines:
    1. No violent criminal history
    2. No prior history of stalking or violation of protective order
    3. No criminal history unrelated to alcohol/substance abuse

The County Attorney’s(CA) and District Attorney’s(DA) office will evaluate each case individually, making a recommendation based on prosecutorial discretion. The CA reviews all applications submitted by defense attorneys. Next, the CA/DA notifies the defense attorney and Adult Probation if the individual meets legal eligibility criteria. Eligible defendants are then scheduled for a clinical assessment with Adult Probation’s Substance Abuse Assessment Division to assess the individual’s need for treatment.

Once a client enters a plea in Court, the case is set for the next DWI Court docket for sentencing. At that time, the client appears before the Judge and is accepted into the program. The client’s legal counsel is transferred to the DWI Court Attorney (defense attorney).

Contact Persons

Afton Washbourne, Prosecutor
(512) 854-6949

Cheuck Yee, Prosecutor
(512) 854-4351

Patty Arellano, Probation Officer
(512) 854-3538

Defense Attorneys

Margaret Kercher
Janet Reinarz

The Honorable Leon Grizzard, Magistrate Court

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The Specialty Docket provides thoughtful and appropriate consideration of defendants’ mental health issues as they relate to criminal conduct, with a goal of reducing recidivism, improving lives through appropriate treatment and services.

Dispositions cover the full range of criminal justice outcomes from dismissal following compliance with a set of conditions (medication, treatment, services, etc.), probation, jail, state jail and/or prison.


Dockets are held twice per week. A team including Integral Care (IC), Pretrial Services, TCSO counseling, the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney staff cases for appropriate services, treatment and disposition.

  • Priority Population mental health diagnosis
  • Must be a connection between mental illness and commission of offense
  • Defendants who have been screened and identified by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office as having mental health issues and who are incarcerated
  • Some non-violent cases are automatically placed on this docket after a screening by jail staff
  • Cases not automatically assigned may apply through the DA’s Office with the permission of the assigned prosecutor and District Judge whose court has jurisdiction over the case. If there is a victim involved, DA will only allow if victim consents

Contact Person

Michelle Halle

The Honorable Brenda Kennedy, 403rd District Court

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The goal of Youthful Offender Support Court (YOSC) is to reduce revocations of youthful offenders to the Institutional Division by providing judicial support and specialized supportive supervision. Participants are eligible for early discharge at 1/3 of the probation term with successful participation and completion of program requirements.

The YOSC offers select participants an opportunity to participate in a program that utilizes a collaborative effort between the Judiciary, community supervision and counseling staff to provide specialized supportive supervision, intervention, treatment and resource linkage to youthful felony clients. All participants are supervised by the youthful offender Probation Officer (PO).


All participants will be supervised by the youthful offender probation officer, who will attend all court settings. The probation officer will conduct a brief orientation with each offender who is placed in the program. During the office visit, the probation officer will explain the program and its requirements and will obtain the offender’s signature on the agreement to participate form. The probation officer will follow up on missed appointments and/or court appearances within 24 hours, either by conducting a field visit to the offender’s residence, or attempting to make a phone contact with the offender or family member.

  • Must be serving a term of felony supervision
  • Must be 17 to 25 years of age
  • No first degree felonies and/or sexual offenses

The court requires a pre-sentence investigation report to identify eligible participants. All reports are reviewed by the Judge.

Once a participant has been approved, the participant's case will be transferred from the originating court to the 403rd District Court.

Contact Persons

Monica Noyola
(512) 854-7685

Daphne Galindo
(512) 854-3537


The Honorable Tamara Needles, 427th District Court

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The Travis County Supervision and Monitoring for Alcohol Related Treatment (SMART) Re-Entry Court is a specialized docket operating on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm or as designated by the Judge and dedicated to the assessment, treatment and supervision of the participants of the SMART program. The purpose is to provide the participant with the structure and support they need as they work toward a drug and alcohol free life and a pro-social lifestyle. The SMART Re-Entry Court requires participation in frequent court appearances, random drug testing, community supervision and counseling.

The program also provides a monthly speaker series with presenters which include former inmates, agencies who provide job opportunities for offenders, and motivational speakers.


SMART Residential and Continuing Care clients, who are identified by staff in need of court intervention, appear before the court to address non-compliance and/or recognition.

The SMART Re-Entry Court is held 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm or as designated by the Judge.

A treatment team consists of a SMART Counselor, a SMART Officer, and a Court Officer who staff cases 1:30 pm with the Judge prior to the 2:00 pm docket to discuss progress and non-compliance. The team approach provides appropriate monitoring and ensures accountability of offenders.

  • Must be screened for eligibility prior to admission into SMART and requires court order for participation
  • Must have an advanced alcohol or other substance abuse problem, regardless of whether there is any previous history of treatment
  • Must have completed the residential phase at SMART
  • Any medical, physical and/or psychiatric conditions must be stabilized on non-narcotic medications
  • No serious medical or physical problems that would require ongoing medical treatment/physical therapy off site that would limit their ability to participate in program activities
  • No propensity for violence/assaultive behavior
  • No severe level of psychopathy

There is no application process; the program is part of the continuum of care upon release from the residential phase.

Contact Persons

Cinthya Serrato, CSCD Unit Manager
(512) 854-5712

Ludivina Garza, CSCD Senior Probation Officer
(512) 854-4964

Sara O'Connor, CSCD Court Probation Officer III
(512) 854-3511

Stephanie Murguia, CSCD Supervision Officer
(512) 854-5705


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