What is a Court Appointed Attorney?

Court Appointment 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 appointment has already been made based on your indigence screening with Pretrial Services, which occurred while you were incarcerated.

Please click here to determine if an attorney has already been assigned.

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, 1st floor, Room 1.250 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.

Click here to 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 in 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 Assistance Plan was developed by the Criminal Courts to ensure meaningful access to court services to persons with limited English proficiency.

Click here to learn more.

District Courts

The proposed Local Rules were drafted to govern all criminal cases filed in the District Courts in Travis County, Texas. Click here to read the local rules of the Criminal District Courts.

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. Click here to read the local rules of the County Courts at Law.