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Williamson County Justice Center
395th Judicial District Court

405 Martin Luther King, Box 15
Georgetown, TX 78626
Office: (512) 943-1395
Fax: (512) 943-1187
 
Scheduling Announcement

395th District Court is cancelling some of our Uncontested Dockets
March 10, 2020 and March 11, 2020 – cancelled
March 18, 2020 – cancelled
March 24, 2020 and March 25, 2020 – regular schedule
March 31, 2020 and April 1, 2020 - cancelled
We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

 
395th District Court Judge Ryan D. Larson

On March 22, 2016, following his primary election victory, Ryan D. Larson was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as judge of the 395th District Court. Judge Larson was sworn in on April 4, 2016. U.S. Congressman John Carter, a former district court judge, administered the oath of office at the standing-room only event.

Judge Larson is married with two beautiful children that greatly enrich his life. The family worships at a local church, where Judge Larson teaches bible study.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Larson was an administrative law judge for the State of Texas. He also served under then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, as an assistant attorney general. Prior to that, Judge Larson was in private practice. As a practicing attorney he had a winning record at all levels of Texas Courts, including multiple victories at the Texas Supreme Court.

Judge Larson is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed on only the top third of 1% of Texas attorneys each year. Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a commitment to the community. Outside the courtroom, Judge Larson is a member of the Department of Family and Protective Services’ Prevention Advisory Committee. The high-level advisory committee is charged with making recommendations on statewide child safety strategies that help prevent child abuse and neglect.

Judge Larson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles - where he was an NCAA Division I athlete on the track and cross country teams - and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.

 
Spring Break Standard Possession Order

In an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), local school districts have or are considering school closures after the spring break. Consequently, the Williamson County Courts have been receiving inquiries requesting guidance for parents whose children are due back after spring break.

The Standard Possession Schedule contained in most divorce and SAPCR orders is based on the school calendar. This means the possession schedule should be read in conjunction with the school calendar: where the child goes to school; or for the school district in which the child resides, if the child is not yet in school. In entering these orders, it was unforeseen that spring break for area schools might be extended because of a pandemic illness, such as COVID-19.

In situations like the present one, for purposes of interpretation of the order, the original school calendar determines the possession schedule. School closures, which may have the net effect of extending the spring break, should not be used by the visiting parent to extend his or her possession period with the child. The child is due back to the other parent at the time spring break ends according to the original school calendar.

 
Announcement to the Public and to the Bar

The Judges of Williamson County take the health and safety of the litigants, attorneys, witnesses and staff seriously.Williamson County is monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) for the latest updates and recommendations affecting our operations regarding COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Williamson County, or surrounding counties.The risk in Texas continues to be ranked low as COVID-19 is not currently spreading in Texas.However, it is important to have a plan.

PREVENTION FIRST:One of the recommended preventative measures is to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Williamson County has a reputation for being forward leaning when facing any challenge, so we have instructed our custodial services to increase their cleaning standards. They already have begun using hospital grade cleaning products and increased cleaning in common areas including wiping down surfaces.

In addition, they will begin cleaning all desks and surfaces that have been cleared off on Friday evenings, so please make sure to clear off your desks or counters. We also will be purchasing hand sanitizer for public areas of county buildings.

Again, the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the flu and novel coronavirus are by following these simple steps recommended by the WCCHD:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Get a flu shot. Flu shots are available at no cost through the county health insurance at local pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreen’s and HEB. In addition, the WCCHD will give flu shots to county employees at their clinics.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Williamson County Emergency Management, Williamson County and Cities Health District and other state and local agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all of state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans.

This situation is very fluid.Please continue to check the Williamson County and each individual court website for updates about the Williamson County Courts response to COVID-19.Because this is an evolving situation, court processes may change.Please consider the potential exposure to your clients/witnesses who are over the age of 60 or may have underlying medical conditions.Their appearance at the courthouse should be avoided if possible.

 
Court Operations in Civil Non-Family District Courts Under the 2O2O State of Disaster COVID-l9 and Related Coronavirus

This General Order is issued in response to the Local State of Disaster that has been declared by the County Judge of Williamson County, as well as the declarations by the Governor of the State of Texas, and by the President of the United States, and in conformance with First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID- I 9 State of Disaster issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals. (Misc. Docket No. 20-9042 (Tex.) Misc. Docket No. 20-007 (Tex. Crim. App.), accessed at https ://www.txcourts.gov/medial1446056/209042.pdf)

The Courts of Williamson County are open, “and every person...shall have remedy by due course of law." (Tx. Const. Art. I Sec. 13). The Court finds that the State of Disaster requires certain steps to be taken in order to mitigate risk to the health and safety of the public, parties, and employees of the Court, and so it is therefore ORDERED that, effective March 17,2020 and continuing until May I 1,2020, unless extended by further orders:

  1. Due to the limitations on mass gatherings limiting the Courts' ability to impanel juries, all jury trials in District Court Civil matters scheduled through May I l,2O2O are CONTNUED without prejudice to either party and, consistent with the directive of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals, this Court finds that the ends of justice are served by this continuance.
  2. During this period, the parties are strongly encouraged to continue to conference in order to resolve cases, where appropriate.
  3. Under no circumstances should a person appear in Court or at the courthouse who is experiencing symptoms of any illness. The Court will have the capability to conduct hearings in person, telephonically, and electronically. Notwithstanding the limits placed on the Courts in the interest of public health, employees, including chambers staff, will be teleworking between this date and May 11,2020 and are available by phone or email. Electronic filings shall continue to be made through the District Clerk's office.
  4. Designation of Essential Civil Court Matters: Essential Civil Court matters include any matters where there is immediate harm to liberty, life, limb, or property.
    1. Any Essential Civil Court matter shall be calendared with the Court Administrator for the court where it is assigned.
    2. All requested hearings shall contact, via electronic mail, with the Court Administrator of the court where the case is assigned and provide the following information:
      1.  Cause number and name of Defendant
      2.  Necessity of setting
      3. . Need for an interpreter or other accommodation
    3. Phones/contacting the courts: Contact the corresponding court's website for up-to-date contact information. Phones will be set up to forward to offsite locations if necessary.
  5. 5. Parties are encouraged to submit contested motions on a submission docket where available. Contested motions to be heard on submission are:
    1. Summary Judgments
    2. Matters agreed to be heard on submission by the parties with permission of the court.
  6. Please check with each court regarding the scheduling of uncontested matters. Each court has the availability to conduct hearings through a virtual courtroom. Please contact each court for their availability to conduct a virtual/electronic hearing. These platforms include CourtCall and Microsoft Teams

The Court reminds counsel and the public that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the District Courts function effectively and efficiently during this disaster period. As this situation continues to evolve, this order may be modified or extended. We take seriously our obligation to balance the interest of justice and the health and safety of our courthouse community and the community at large. All are requested to exercise patience in this unprecedented situation. Notwithstanding

This order shall be filed with the Williamson County District Clerk and shall be published on the "All District Courts" webpage.

IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 18th DAY OF MARCH 2O2O

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Uncontested Docket for Civil Court

The uncontested docket for the 395th District Court will be held Tuesday and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. prior to the regular docket, and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. but subject to Judge Larson’s availability. No prior scheduling is required for uncontested matters, but it is suggested you visit the Court’s website (www.wilco.org) before appearing for any scheduling conflict announcements.

Anyone appearing on the uncontested docket should sign up in the courtroom on the uncontested docket sheet. You are required to sign up for the uncontested docket on Tuesdays and Wednesdays prior to 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday before 1:30p.m. Any and all documents you want the Judge to consider should be left at the bench.

Any self-represented litigant shall be prepared to follow all appropriate procedures and be available to testify without assistance from the Court. Any person not meeting these criteria will not be heard. All documents submitted for the Judge’s approval must be thoroughly completed. 

all documents that are signed by Judge Larson must be taken to the District Clerk’s office to be filed and processed.

Judge Ryan D. Larson

 
Child Welfare Courts Under the 2020 State of Disaster COVID-19 and Related Corona Virus

This General Order is issued in response to the Local State of Disaster that has been declared by the County Judge of Williamson County, as well as the declarations by the Governor of the State of Texas, and by the President of the United States, and in conformance with First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals (Misc. Docket No. 20-9042 (Tex.) Misc. Docket No. 20-007 (Tex. Crim. App.), accessed at https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1446056/209042.pdf )

The Courts of Williamson County are open, "and every person ... shall have remedy by due course of law." (Tx. Const. Art. I Sec. 13). The Court finds that the State of Disaster requires certain steps to be taken in order to mitigate risk to the health and safety of the public, parties, and employees of the Court, and so it is therefore ORDERED that, effective March 17, 2020 and continuing until May 11, 2020, unless extended by further orders:

  1. Due to the limitations on mass gatherings limiting the Courts' ability to impanel juries, all jury trials in ALL CHILD WELFARE COURT matters scheduled through May 11, 2020 are CONTINUED without prejudice to either party and, consistent with the directive of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals, this Court finds that the ends of justice are served by this continuance.
  2. During this period, the parties are strongly encouraged to continue to conference in order to resolve cases, where appropriate.
  3. Under no circumstances should a person appear in Court or at the courthouse who is experiencing symptoms of any illness. The Court will have the capability to conduct hearings in person, telephonically, and electronically. Notwithstanding the limits placed on the Courts in the interest of public health, employees, including chambers staff, will be teleworking between this date and May 11, 2020 and are available by phone or email. Electronic filings shall continue to be made through the District Clerk's office.
  4. Designation of Essential CHILD WELFARE COURT Matters: Essential CHILD WELFARE COURT matters include any matters where there is immediate harm to liberty, life, limb, or property.
    1. Any Essential Civil Court matter shall be calendared with the Court Administrator for the court where it is assigned.
    2. Essential CHILD WELFARE COURT matters are as follows:
      1. CPS Removals
      2. Adversary Hearings
    3. All requested hearings shall contact, via electronic mail, with the Court Administrator of the court where the case is assigned and provide the following information:
      1. Cause number and name of Parties
      2. Necessity of setting
      3. Need for an interpreter or other accomodation
    4. Phones/contacting the courts: Contact the corresponding court's website for up-to-date contact information. Phones will be set up to forward to offsite locations if necessary.
    5. We understand that during this difficult emotional time there will be family tensions requiring Court action. Please do not hesitate to contact the courts regarding matters, financial or child related that are emergencies.
  5. Please check with each court regarding the scheduling of any urgent matter. Each court has the availability to conduct hearings through a virtual courtroom. Please contact each court for their availability to conduct a virtual/electronic hearing. These platforms include CourtCall and Microsoft Teams.

The Court reminds counsel and the public that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the District Courts function effectively and efficiently during this disaster period. As this situation continues to evolve, this order may be modified or extended. We take seriously our obligation to balance the interest of justice and the health and safety of our courthouse community and the community at large. All are requested to exercise patience in this unprecedented situation. Notwithstanding

This order shall be filed with the Williamson County District Clerk and shall be published on the "All District Courts" webpage.

IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 18th DAY OF MARCH 2020

 
Family Courts Under the 2020 State of Disaster COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus

This General Order is issued in response to the Local State of Disaster that has been declared by the County Judge of Williamson County, as well as the declarations by the Governor of the State of Texas, and by the President of the United States, and in conformance with the First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals. (Misc. Docket No. 20-9042 (Tex.) Misc. Docket No. 20-007 (Tex. Crim. App.), accessed at https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1446056/209042. pdf)

The Courts of Williamson County are open, "and every person...shall have remedy by due course of law." (Tx. Const. Art. I Sec. 13). The Court finds that the State of Disaster requires certain steps to be taken in order to mitigate risk to the health and safety of the public, parties and employees of the Court, and so it is therefore ORDERED that, effective March 17, 2020 and continuing until May 11, 2020, unless extended by further orders:

  1. Due to the limitations on mass gatherings limiting the Courts' ability to impanel juries, all jury trials in ALL FAMILY COURT matters scheduled through May 11, 202 are CONTINUED without prejudice to either party and, consistent with the directive of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Cort of Criminal Appeals, this Court finds that the ends of justice are served by this continuance.
  2. The Family Courts recommend that all non-essential hearings be rescheduled.
  3. where During this appropriate. period, the parties are strongly encouraged to continue to conference in order to resolve cases, where appropriate.
  4. In the best interest of the community and in the interest of public health please do not attempt to visit the Williamson County Courthouse in person for any family court matter without direct communication with the court. The court will have the capability to conduct hearings telephonically, and electronically. Check the webpages of the individual courts regarding information on virtual courtroom capabilities. Notwithstanding the limits placed on the Courts in the interest of public health, employees, including chambers staff, will be teleworking between this date and May 11, 2020 and are available by phone or email. Electronic filings shall continue to be made through the District Clerk's office.
  5. Designation of Essential Family Court Matters: Essential Family Court matters include any matters where there is immediate harm to liberty, life, limb, or property.
    1. Any Essential Civil Court matter shall be calendared with the Court Administrator for the court where it is assigned.
    2. B.    Essential Family Court matters are as follows:
      1. Family Violence Protective Orders
      2. Family Temporary Restraining Orders
      3. CPS Removals
      4. Judicial Bypass cases and appeals
    3. All requested hearings shall contact, via electronic mail, with the Court Administrator of the court where the case is assigned and provide the following information:
      1. Cause number and name of Parties
      2. Necessity of setting
      3. Need for an interpreter or other accommodation
    4.  Phones/contacting the courts: Contact the corresponding court's website for up-to-date contact information. Phones will be set up to forward to offsite locations if necessary.
    5. We understand that during this difficult emotional time there will be family tensions requiring Court action. Please do not hesitate to contact the courts regarding matters, financial or child related that are emergencies.
  6. Parties are encouraged to submit contested motions on a submission docket where available. Contested motions to be heard on submission are:
    1. Agreed matters
    2. Agreed Uncontested Divorces: Please complete the attached Statement of Evidence along with the Agree Final Decree of Divorce and submit either through e-file or directly to the court by email to the Court Administrator
    3. Matters agreed to be heard on submission by the parties with permission of the court.
  7. Please check with each court regarding the scheduling of uncontested matters. Each court has the availability to conduct hearings through a virtual courtroom. Please contact each court for their availability to conduct a virtual/electronic hearing. These platforms include CourtCall and Microsoft Teams.

The Court reminds counsel and the public that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the Family Courts of Williamson County function effectively and efficiently during this disaster period. As this situation continues to evolve, this order may be modified or extended. We take seriously our obligation to balance the interest of justice and the health and safety of our courthouse community and the community at large. All are requested to exercise patience in this unprecedented situation. Notwithstanding

This order shall be filed with the Williamson County District Clerk and shall be published on both the "All District Courts" webpage and the "All County Courts at Law" webpage.

IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 18th DAY OF MARCH 2020

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Second General Order Child Welfare Courts

Court Operations in Williamson County
Child Welfare Courts Under the 2020 State of Disaster 
COVID-19 and Related CORONA VIRUS

This Second General Order is issued in response to the Local State of Disaster that has been declared by the County Judge of Williamson County, as well as the declarations by the Governor of the State of Texas, and by the President of the United States, and in confonnance with First Emergency Order Regarding the COVJD-19 State of Disaster issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals 1 (Attached hereto), and any further orders. 

The CHILD WELFARE COURTS FIND, in compliance with the above directives/orders, good cause under Texas Family Code Section I 07.004(e) for court-appointed attorney ad I items to confer with the child or other individual, as appropriate, by telephone or video conference. 

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that court-appointed attorney ad I items are authorized to confer with the child or other individual, as appropriate, by telephone or video conference until June I, 2020, subject to being extended by further orders. 

This order shall be filed with the Williamson County District Clerk and shall be published on the "All District Courts" webpage. 
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 23RD DAY OF MARCH 2020 

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