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Counsel at First Appearance (CAFA) Magistration Test Shifts
The City of Austin will conduct Counsel at First Appearance (CAFA) magistration test shifts in June from 6am – 2pm on the following dates: 06/06, 06/08, 06/17 & 06/23.

Travis County will conduct Counsel at First Appearance (CAFA) magistration test shifts in June from 2pm – 10pm on the following dates: 06/07, 06/18, 06/21 & 06/29.

The proceedings may be viewed in person in the Auxiliary Courtroom, Room #1.200 on the 1st floor of the Blackwell-Thurman CJC – 509 W. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701

The Honorable Leon Grizzard, Magistrate Court

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

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

Program

Diversion – Judicially supervised pretrial diversion from 3 to 12 months, similar to a drug court model, with regular appearances before the court, requirements of receiving mental health services, and following the treatment recommendations including medications, no new arrests, and reporting compliance. May include Pretrial Services supervision, restitution, and other case specific requirements. Most cases receive dismissal or rejection of charges.

Mental Health Court – Similar to Diversion, but with more services for the higher risk/higher need defendants and more frequent appearances before the court and staffing before court appearances. Most cases receive dismissal or rejection of charges.

Specialty Docket – The original name for all cases handled by the District Attorney Mental Health Team in Magistrate Court. Cases not accepted into Diversion or Mental Health Court, but still receiving thoughtful attention from the District Attorney’s Office.

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 $9.12.