The Williamson County Courthouse Pt 1
As time goes on, it seems like Williamson County, Texas has an ever growing reputation. I’ve heard many of my clients joke “come on vacation, leave on probation.” While that may be true for some, it depends on what time activities you’re getting involved in on the weekends.
Let’s be blunt, no one likes crime in their community. If you’ve been arrested, and taken to the Wilco Jail, you’re eventually going to end up at the the Williamson County Courthouse. Not only that but, if you have a Will to probate, a family law issue, or other legal problem, in Williamson County, you will likely end up here.
But where do you go? What do you do? What should you expect on your first day of Court?
The Williamson County Courthouse
Where Do I need to go? Williamson County District Court or Williamson County Court at Law?
The Williamson County Courthouse, or “The Justice Center” is located at 405 MLK Jr. Street in Georgetown, Texas. When you get into the Courthouse, you’ll have to pass through the metal detectors. The layout of the Courthouse is pretty simple. District Courts are on the first floor and the County Courts at Law are on the second floor. In criminal cases, District Courts handle Felony Criminal Cases.
Getting familiar with the Courthouse is helpful. I realize you don’t want to be there in the first place but showing up on time is VERY IMPORTANT.
Williamson County District Courts
The Williamson County District Courts are on the first floor of the Justice Center. These Courts include the 26th District Court, 277th District Court, 368th District Court, 395th District Court, and the 425th District Court. These Courts cover civil cases, family cases, Juvenile cases, and criminal cases in Williamson County, TX. If you live in Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Round Rock etc… you are included in Williamson County. Times have changed, and the Judges have changed.
The 26th District Court
Judge Donna King presides over the 26th District Court. This Court handles felony criminal cases. Judge King also hears cases involving Criminal Record Sealing. These include Expunctions and Orders of Non-Disclosure.
Where is it? Once you walk into the building, Judge King’s Court is the LAST one, down the hall, on the first floor.
The 277th District Court
Judge Stacey Matthews presides over the 277th District Court. Similar to Judge King, Judge Matthews handles felony criminal cases along with criminal record sealing.
Where is it? Once you walk into the building, Judge Matthew’s Court is the THIRD one, down the hall, on the first floor.
The 368th District Court
Judge Rick Kennon presides over the 368th District Court. Similar to Judge King and Judge Matthews, Judge Kennon handles felony criminal cases along with criminal record sealing. Although Judge Kennon used to practice family law, his Court only handles criminal cases.
Where is it? Once you walk into the building, Judge Kennon’s Court is the FOURTH one, down the hall, on the first floor.
The 395th District Court
Judge Michael Jergins presides over the 395th District Court. Judge Jergins, unlike the prior 3 Judges, oversees the Williamson County Juvenile Court and handles family law cases. Normally these cases involve minor children, custody disputes, and divorces.
Where is it? Once you walk into the building, Judge Jergin’s Court is the SECOND one, down the hall, on the first floor.
The 425th District Court
Judge Betsy Lambeth presides over the 425th District Court. Similar to Judge Jergins, Judge Lambeth oversees family law cases. These include divorces, adoptions, child custody disputes, etc…
Where is it? Once you walk into the building, Judge Lambeth’s Court is the FIRST one, down the hall, on the first floor.