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County Courts-at-Law

Updated April 14, 2023

Criminal Dockets:

Attorneys, please review the reinstatement rules by visiting the link copied below.

Court Reset Memo

Read the updated memo here.

Jail Dockets:

The jail docket for Hays County Court-at-Law is currently held via Zoom every Thursday (with the exception of holidays) at 1:30 p.m. Any attorney who needs an in-person hearing, please contact the Court to arrange transportation of your client.

Hearings for civil, probate and guardianship cases:

All court proceedings have returned to in-person settings as of June 1, 2021. Uncontested probates are permissible via Zoom with the exception of pro se probates. Pro se probate cases are required to appear in person. See the section below titled Hays County Courts at Law Probate Policy Regarding Pro Se Applicants for additional information.

All documents, including proposed orders, shall be e-filed prior to the hearing. Please call or email the court to set a date and time.

For the public, The Open Courts Provision of Texas law allows all Texans access to court proceedings. The judge, bailiff and court reporter will conduct the hearings in open court, open to the public. In addition, Zoom allows a judge to easily stream the proceedings to the public via YouTube or Facebook. The public may view or listen to the proceedings, but VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING IS PROHIBITED.  All courtroom rules and safety measures MUST be followed by Order of the Court.

The Hays County Courts-at-Law are open and working to serve the citizens of Hays County and all litigants.  However, the health and safety of everyone, including our staff, is of the utmost concern. IF ANYBODY HAS SYMPTOMS SIMILAR TO COVID-19, RECENTLY TRAVELED INTERNATIONALLY OR OUT OF STATE, OR HAS COME IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TRAVELED OR IS SICK, DO NOT COME TO COURT. CONTACT THE COURT AND THE COURT WILL MAKE THE NECESSARY SCHEDULING CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE YOU.

We appreciate your consideration and cooperation during this unprecedented time. Please call or email with any questions.

Hays County Courts at Law Probate Policy Regarding Pro Se Applicants (Applicants without an Attorney)

Under Texas law, individuals applying for letters testamentary, letters of administration, determination of heirship, and guardianships of the person or the estate must be represented by an attorney.  This legal requirement follows from the law that only a licensed attorney may represent the interests of third parties or entities.  The only time a pro se applicant can proceed in court is when the applicant is truly representing himself or herself.

Therefore, the Hays County Courts at Law require individuals making and pursuing these applications to be represented by an attorney. See the FAQs regarding the Hays County Courts at Law Probate Pro se Policy for more information:

Probate Pro se Policy for Hays County Courts at Law – Frequently Asked Questions

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Hays County Government Center

712 South Stagecoach Trail Ste 2292
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone 512.393.7625
Fax 512.393.7633

Judge, County Court-at-Law, # 1
Jimmy Hall (D)
Term: 4 years – expires in 2026

Judge, County Court-at-Law, # 2
Chris Johnson (R)
Term: 4 years – expires in 2026

Judge, County Court-at-Law, # 3
Elaine Brown (D)

Term: Unexpired; ends November 2026

Court Administrator: Michael Macias

Any inquiries related to Hays County Court-at-Law can be directed to:


Hays County