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Civil & Family Courts Rules of Decorum

When present in a courtroom, your actions and appearance show that respect to the court, the judge and the importance of the proceedings. All persons entering the courtroom should be dressed appropriately and follow these guidelines:

  • No talking or other noise that interferes with the court proceedings
  • No use of cellular phones
  • No chewing gum
  • No tobacco use
  • No edibles
  • No reading of news papers or magazines
  • No bottles, cups or beverage containers except court water pitchers and cups
  • No propping of feet on tables or chairs
  • No other behavior that is disrespectful of court proceedings
  • When the court is called to order, complete order must be observed
  • When the judge or jury enters or exits the courtroom, all persons must stand

For additional information regarding the rules of decorum for Litigants, please review section 12.2 of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Decorum

 

How-To Guide for New Courtroom Technology

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Accessibility

The Travis County Civil Courts are dedicated to ensuring that all individuals have equal and full access to the judicial system.


ADA requests for Civil District Court or Civil County Court appearances at the CFCF may be directed to Lauri Roberts in the Civil Court Administrator's Office at (512)854-8671

If not attending a court hearing, please request accommodations directly from the department you are visiting at the Civil Family Court Facility. Visit the Services page for department information.
 

Safety Measures

To provide a safe environment for all citizens, you will be required to go through a screening process like that of an airport.

X-ray Machine & Metal Detector

Remove all items from your pockets and place them in a tray. This includes keys, spare change, and small metal objects.
If you are wearing a belt, you will be required to remove it to go through the x-ray machine.
If you have a bag/purse, remove any electronic equipment and place them in a separate bin to go through the x-ray machine.
Should the metal detector go off while you are walking through it, you will be directed to a TCSO Courthouse Security officer who will conduct additional screening using a hand wand.
When you have completed screening, please retrieve your personal items.
 

Remove Prohibited Items

Certain items are prohibited from being brought into our buildings. Though you may consider an item harmless it could be identified as a potential weapon and will not be allowed in. You will be instructed to remove the item from the building or voluntarily surrender it. Items that are voluntarily surrendered will NOT be recovered by the owner. Items include, but are not limited to:
Clubs including blackjacks or nightstick
Any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket or mine
Firearms of any kind
Firearm silencers of any kind
Handguns of any kind
Knives of any kind including, daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, Bowie knives, swords, spears, butterfly knives, switchblades (automatic or gravity)
Knuckles of any kind to include cat-eyes
Stun guns
Hoax weapons or an any item that appears to be a prohibited weapon
Chemical dispensive devices
CO2 Canisters
Letter openers
Stakes
Ammunition
Corkscrews
Lock picks
Sternos
Baseball bats
Mace
Straight razors or any other kind of razor blade
Darts
Martial arts devices
Bicycle chains
Fireworks
Motorcycle chains
Syringes (non-medical)
Flammable liquid
Ninja pins
Tear gas
Box cutters
Railroad spikes
Throwing stars
Handcuffs
Toy guns
Ice picks
Scissors
Large chains
Laser pointers
Spikes
Multi-tools
Spurs

TAX RATE: TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 8.7 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $22.42.

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