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Local Rules


22ND, 207TH, 274TH, 421ST, 428TH, 453RD & 483RD



Pursuant to the authority granted District Courts under Rule 3a, T.R.C.P., and Art.  33.08,  C.C.P., to promulgate Rules of Practice for conducting the business of District Courts, the rules, suggestions and procedures  set out below will be in effect in this  Court unless subsequently  modified, changed or amended.

The trial dockets of the 22nd, 207th, 274th, 421st, 428th, 423rd and 483rd District Courts of Comal, Hays and Caldwell counties  are to be in accordance  with  the published schedule  on file and available for copying  in the Offices  of the District Clerks.



SECTION ONE – Settings

Rule 1.  Written  Request

All cases, contested or uncontested, MUST be set by way of WRITTEN MOTION WITH ORDER ATTACHED.  Forms  will  be provided, if  necessary.   Attorneys requesting settings will notify the opposing counsel of such motion by certified mail or by hand delivery at least ten (1 0) days before the date of such setting. In addition, said Request shall include  an estimated  length  of hearing.

If for good cause opposing  counsel cannot  go to trial  on such date, he shall immediately notify  the Court  Administrator or Court  Coordinator in writing stating  such reasons.

If opposing counsel has not advised the Office of Court Administration within five  (5)  days of  such  notice,  the  Court  shall  proceed  to  set  such case for hearing.

Rule 2.  Setting  through the Office  of Court  Administration

ONLY the Court Administrator or Court Coordinator can set a case. Motions to

Set should  be sent to the Court Coordinator in the respective  County.

Rule 3.  Agreements  as to Settings

Inclusive  with the above procedures, a contested  case may be set for trial on the merits  or for pre-trial hearing  by agreement  of counsel  and approved  by the Court, or may be set by order of the Court.

Rule 4.  Order on the Docket, Preferential Settings

All cases shall be set in the same sequence as the dates of the orders setting the cases; provided, however, for good cause, after motion and hearing, a case may be advanced on the docket  by order of the Court.

SECTION TWO – Jury Cases

Rule 5. Jury

A jury Demand must be filed and a jury fee paid prior  to obtaining a setting on the jury  docket.

Rule 6.  Mediation

A Certificate of Completion of Mediation  must be on file no later than the Thursday prior to thejury setting;  unless Mediation has previously been waived by the Court.

Rule 7.  Written Questions

In all contested jury cases, before announcements of “Ready”, counsel shall furnish the Court with all written questions anticipated for the Charge of the Court.

SECTION THREE – Domestic Relations

Rule 8.  Court Mandated Divorce Seminar

A Certificate of Completion of a Court Mandated Divorce Seminar must be on file prior to the parties obtaining a divorce. The course is required for both parties in Domestic Relations cases, involving minor   children, filed after January 1, 2002. The Court Mandated Divorce Seminars include ‘For Kids Sake’; ‘Putting Kids First’; ‘Kids in Divorce Situations’ or any other programs approved by the District Court.

Rule 9.  Uncontested Cases

In all uncontested Domestic Relations cases, all forms, and preferably the Final

Judgment, should be ready at the time of trial.

Rule 10.  Support and Temporary Spousal Alimony a)  Financial Information Statement.

Before any contested trial or hearing involving child support or temporary spousal alimony, each party shall prepare and file with the Court a financial information statement in the form provided by the Clerk.

b) Obligor’s  Place of Payment.

Unless waived by the Court, all temporary spousal alimony payments shall be made through the Office of the District Cieri<. All child support payments are to be sent to the Texas  Child Support Disbursement Unit.

Rule 11.  Social Studies a) Adoptions.

Arrangements for the preparation of a social study shall be made on all adoptions before the case will be set for trial.

b) Arrangements for Payment.

In contested domestic relation cases involving custody of children wherein a social study is requested, the anticipated costs of preparation must be deposited with the District Clerk or other satisfactory arrangements made to guarantee payment to the person preparing the social study. Without such arrangements, the preparation of a social study will not be ordered.

Rule 12.  Guidelines

Copies of the Supreme Court Guidelines on Support and the Local Guidelines on Visitation may be obtained from the District Clerks.

SECTION FOUR – Judgments

Rule 13.  Approval as to Form

All judgments shall be approved by all attorneys involved before presenting to the Court for signature.




SECTION ONE – Settings

Rule 14.   Settings

All criminal cases shall be set ONLY by Court Order or by administrative notice of setting by the Court Administrator.

If for good cause defense counsel cannot go to trial on such date, he shall, within five (5) days  of  receipt of  the  setting  notice, so  advise the Court Administrator in writing stating such reason. In no event  shall the case be re­ set beyond the time limits set out in the Code of Criminal Procedure or the Rules of Judicial Administration.

SECTION TWO – Pretrial

Rule 15.  Pretrial Date  Required

All cases shall be set for a pretrial hearing.

Evidentiary pretrial motions will be heard at time of trial unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

Rule 16.  Paperwork

All pretrial motions shall be filed in accordance with Code of Criminal Procedure.

All paperwork shall be prepared in advance, whether it be a negotiated plea or a pretrial.

On pretrial motions, attach by separate page on all motions an order with the proper cause number and style of case.


Rule 17.  Jury

After pretrial hearing, all cases will be set for jury trial unless the defense attorney request a court trial  or a date  for a plea  of guilty.

SECTION FOUR -Trial before the Court

Rule 18.  Waiver

If defense  request a court trial, a jury  waiver  must  be filed  with  the Court.  Said waiver  to  be  signed and  sworn  to  by  defendant and  approved by  defense counsel and District Attorney.

SECTION FIVE – Judgments

Rule 19.  Prepared by Prosecutor

The  prosecutor shall  prepare all judgments in criminal cases.



SECTION ONE – Docket Call

Rule 20.  Time

Docket call is at 9:00a.m., unless  otherwise noticed in writing.

SECTION TWO – Removal of Case from Docket Setting

Rule 21.   Setting Conflicts

Recognizing that attorneys practicing in the 22nd, 207th, 274th, 421st, 428th, 453rd and 483rd judicial District Courts are sometimes scheduled to appear in more than one county at the same time, such attorneys are to report first to the county in which they have the most jail cases set, then to the county with the most cases overall. Attorneys practicing in statutory County Courts-at-Law should give  deference to State  District Courts.  Any exceptions to this rule require prior approval by the District Court  Administrator, or his designee, in the appropriate county.

Rule 22.  Continuance

Except as provided herein, after a case is set by written order or administrative notice of setting it cannot be removed from  the docket unless a written Motion for Continuance is filed  seven (7) days prior to setting date and approved  by the Court, by written mutual  agreement, by dismissal, or by other agreed final disposition filed with the District Clerk prior  to the setting date and notice to the Office of Court  Administration.

Rule 23.  Dismissal for Want of Prosecution

If a case is set by written order or by administrative notice of setting, and not otherwise  removed from the docket setting by the rules established herein, the Court will call the case and if no appearance  or announcement is made, the case will be dismissed for want of prosecution.

SECTION THREE – Interpreters

Rule 24.  Court  Appointed Interpreters

Any attorney practicing in the 22nd, 207th, 274th, 421st, 428th and 433rd judicial District Court who requires  a licensed court interpreter for a court appearance is required to notify court administration of such need not less than three business days prior to the setting.

SECTION FOUR – Decorum in Court

Rule 25.  Recording and Photographing prohibited

During sessions and recesses between sessions of Court no broadcasting, televising, recording (audio or visual) or taking of photographs (nor equipment capable of doing  the same) shall be allowed  in the Courtroom or on the same floor  where  the  Courtroom is located,  without prior approval by the judge presiding over said Courtroom.

Rule 26.  Cell Phones and Pagers prohibited

All pagers and cell phones must be turned off upon entering the Courtroom.

Rule 27.  Reading Material

No  reading of  newspapers, magazines and/or  books are allowed in  the Courtroom, except for officers of the Court, inside the rail.

Rule 28.  Dress Code

In the Courtroom, all Attorneys  and Court  officials shall dress in keeping  with the dignity required for Court  proceedings.

Rule 29.  Food and Drinks

No  food  or  drinks  are allowed  in  the Courtroom, except  for  officers  of  the

Court,  inside  the rail.

ORDERED this 6th day of September, 1989.   Amended February_£ 2010.

Hays County