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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
 
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.

 
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 by submission until further order of the Court. These matters include agreed divorces and motions for default judgment. Parties may locate commonly used web-forms for assistance with agreed divorces under the Court’s “Documents” tab. Additional web-forms may be found at texaslawhelp.org. Parties must file all documents and orders they want the Court to consider with the District Clerk’s Office. For additional information, please contact the Court’s Administrator Kayla Marrou at kmarrou@wilco.org.

Self-represented parties shall be prepared to follow all appropriate procedures and provide testimony without assistance from the Court. Any party not meeting these criteria will not be heard by the Court. All orders submitted for the Judge’s approval must be properly completed.