Williamson County District Courts
The district courts have countywide geographical jurisdiction and the district judges are elected countywide to four year terms. District courts are trial courts of general subject-matter jurisdiction. They have “exclusive, appellate, and original jurisdiction of all actions, proceedings, and remedies, except in cases where exclusive, appellate, or original jurisdiction may be conferred by (the) Constitution or other law on some other court…”Generally, this jurisdiction includes original jurisdiction of felony criminal prosecutions, suits for divorce, suits over title, election contests, juvenile case, and civil suits with an amount in controversy of at least $200.00 with no ceiling. In addition, these courts have original jurisdiction over all causes of action for which a remedy or jurisdiction is not provided by law or by the Constitution. They have the power to issue writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, injunction, certiorari, sequestration, attachment, garnishment, and all writs necessary to enforce their jurisdiction. Appeals from judgments of the district courts are to the courts of appeals, except those capital offense cases in which the death penalty has been assessed, which are appealed directly to the Court of Criminal Appeals. In addition, the district courts are required by law to appoint the County Auditor; appoint the Community Supervision and Corrections Department (Adult Probation) Director and approve the budget of the department: and, serve on the County Juvenile Board which oversees the operations of the Juvenile Probation Department. All five district courts are located in the Justice Center.
District Judges