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In acknowledgment of the Governor’s Declared State of Disaster and Emergency Orders issued by the Texas Supreme Court, Criminal Courts are operating on a limited basis. Access the various emergency orders related to COVID-19 here.

Information about attending Criminal Court Appearances.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the public, Court proceedings are streamed on the following channels.

Criminal Courts

Due to COVID19, defendants must keep track of their next court appearance date on the County’s website, but should not appear in person unless told by their attorney or by the court.

There are very few times when a defendant will need to come to court in person during the COVID pandemic – mainly if they are entering a guilty or no contest plea, and a very few other times if ordered by the court. Almost everything will be handled by your attorney by phone, email, etc. You need to have an attorney.

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If you have a criminal case pending in County Court (County Court at Law) or District Court, and you meet certain financial guidelines, you may qualify for an appointed attorney. Call 512-854-9381 Option 5 to apply.

I want to find

Search felony and misdemeanor case settings by: the arrested person’s name, the attorney’s name, the name of the Judge or court #, or the case number.

The Travis County District Clerk’s Office is responsible for jury impaneling. Go to the District Clerk’s jury information page to learn more.

Go to the TCSO inmate information page where inmates currently in custody may be searched by name.

Go to the District Clerk’s case information page where felony case information can be searched by name or cause number.

Go to the County Clerk’s case information page where misdemeanor case information can be searched by arrested person’s name, attorney’s name, and case number.

Misdemeanor documents are not currently available online. Go to the County Clerk’s records request page to request records.

Contact Information

Address

Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center

509 West 11th St
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)

Phone

(512) 854-9244

The Courthouse Security Section’s mission and goal is to ensure that all who enter any courthouse are free of weapons, contraband or any item deemed a security threat. Those persons refusing to participate in the screening process will be denied access to the building. Confiscated items will not be returned!

View a list of items that you are not allowed to bring into the courthouse

Metered parking is available on all streets surrounding the court house (meters take coins, bills and credit/debit cards).

In addition, the following public lot is available within walking distance: Central Parking System - 510 West 11th Street (between San Antonio & Nueces Streets)

A complete directory of all court and department locations are posted in each elevator and within the main hallway and the Information Booth in the lobby.

What is a Court Appointed Attorney?

Court Appointed attorneys are lawyers who provide legal counsel to people who are charged with criminal offenses and cannot afford to pay for an attorney. There is an application process to determine if you qualify for an attorney. Federal Poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility for the appointment.

How do I apply for a Court Appointed Attorney?

In some cases, an attorney has already been appointed based on your indigence screening with Pretrial Services, which occurred while you were incarcerated.

To determine if an attorney has already been assigned, search felony and misdemeanor case settings by: the arrested person’s name, the attorney’s name, the name of the Judge or court #, or the case number

If you wish to apply for a court appointed attorney, you must report in person to Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center located at 509 W. 11th Street, 3rd floor Gault Annex, Room 3.100 between the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday.

In Travis County, the appointed attorney for criminal matters is provided by the Capital Area Private Defender Service.

View the Travis County Criminal Court data.

The Texas Fair Defense Act of 2001 requires formal and fair procedures for appointing lawyers to indigent defendants. This plan is filed with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, and can be found by clicking one of the following link:

When an arrested person is released from jail on a bond, their first setting in the court system is called a first appearance. The bond paperwork given to the arrested person upon release from jail will indicate where and when to report to the courthouse for their first court setting. The first appearance may occur either in the court of jurisdiction or the court administration office.

The Language Access Plan was developed by the Criminal Courts to ensure meaningful access to court services to persons with limited English proficiency.

For more information, view the Language Access Plan.

District Courts

The proposed Local Rules were drafted to govern all criminal cases filed in the District Courts in Travis County, Texas.

Read the proposed local rules of the Criminal District Courts for more information.

County Courts at Law

The Local Rules govern all cases filed in the County Courts at Law in Travis County, Texas; both criminal cases and civil cases.

Read the local rules of the County Courts at Law for more information.

A docket is a list of cases awaiting action in a court. The Criminal Courts provide the following methods to search cases set in the courts.

Docket Search Application

The link below allows you to search felony and misdemeanor case settings by: the arrested person's name, the attorney's name, the name of the Judge or court number, or the case number.

 

Physical Address

Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center

509 W. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)

Mailing Address

PO Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

Phone

(512) 854-9244

Fax

(512) 854-4464

Email

[email protected]

Criminal Court Administrator

Debra Hale
(512) 854-9244

Technology Manager

Mark Erwin
(512) 854-3120

Court Appointment Supervisor

Yolanda Godfrey
(512) 854-3644

Out of County Arrests

Indigent Defense
(512) 854-9244

The Courthouse Security Section’s mission and goal is to ensure that all who enter any courthouse are free of weapons, contraband or any item deemed a security threat. Those persons refusing to participate in the screening process will be denied access to the building. Confiscated items will not be returned!

View a list of items that you are not allowed to bring into the courthouse

Metered parking is available on all streets surrounding the court house (meters take coins, bills and credit/debit cards).

In addition, the following public lot is available within walking distance: Central Parking System - 510 West 11th Street (between San Antonio & Nueces Streets)

A complete directory of all court and department locations are posted in each elevator and within the main hallway and the Information Booth in the lobby.

Open Records Requests

District Court records are maintained by the Travis County District Clerk. County Courts at Law records are maintained by the Travis County Clerk. The District Clerk is also responsible for jury impaneling.

Open Records Requests for the Criminal Courts can be emailed to
[email protected].

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 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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