County Courts-at-Law – Hays County

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Updated July 12, 2021
Pursuant to the Order of The Supreme Court of Texas (Misc. Docket No. 20-9042) and The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas (Misc. Docket No. 20-007) FIRST EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER and all subsequent Orders and by recommendation of the State Office of Court Administration and the Presiding Judge of the Third Administrative Judicial Region, Billy Ray Stubblefield:
Criminal Dockets:
Attorneys, please review the reinstatement rules by visiting the link copied below.
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 pm. Any attorney’s needing 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 1st, 2021. Uncontested probates are permissible via Zoom with the exception of pro se probates. Pro se probate cases are required to appear in-person. 
All documents, including proposed orders, shall be e-filed prior to the hearing. Please call or email the court for a setting 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 IS HAVING 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.
Use this link to search for a court date. To find criminal court dates, select Criminal Case Records from the menu. (See the screenshot below of the search menu on the Records Inquiry page.)
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712 South Stagecoach Trail Ste 2292
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone 512.393.7625
Fax 512.393.7633
Judge, County Court-at-Law, # 1
Robert Updegrove (R)
Term: 4 years – expires in 2022
Judge, County Court-at-Law, # 2
Chris Johnson (R)
Term: 4 years – expires in 2022
Judge, County Court-at-Law, # 3
Dan O’Brien (R)

Term: Unexpired; ends November 2022
Court Administrator: Sandra Lopez
Any inquiries related to Hays County Court-at-Law can be directed to:

Hays County
712 S. Stagecoach Trail
San Marcos, Texas 78666
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