274th Judicial District Judge

 

Honorable Gary Steel, Presiding


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Texas District Courts

District Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction of Texas. The geographical area served by each court is established by the Legislature, but each county must be served by at least one district court. In sparsely populated areas of the State, several counties may be served by a single district court, while an urban county may be served by many district courts.

District courts have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount in controversy (the amount of money or damages involved) is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, in the more densely populated counties the courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters.


, Court Coordinator
830-303-4188, ext 1274


Richard Roberts, Official Court Reporter
830-228-4634


  • Notice of Cancellations

    Pursuant to the Texas Supreme Court (Order 20-9042) and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (Order 20-007) and by recommendation from the 3rd Regional Presiding Judge and the Texas Office of Court Administration, all jury trials are cancelled through May 31st, 2020. Additionally, all non-jury dockets are cancelled through April 12th, 2020. Essential hearings will be conducted. Essential hearings are criminal matters such as magistration, writs of habeas corpus, civil matters such as mental health commitments, juvenile detentions, emergency CPS removals, family violence protective orders, temporary restraining orders, habeas corpus proceedings arising under the Texas Family Code and any other matter that may be deemed an essential matter by the Court.

    If there is a plea ready, a non-contested hearing or if all parties agree to a hearing please call the court to get a court date. Video conferencing is currently being evaluated for use in the courtrooms to conduct hearings by this method.

    Please do not come to the courthouse without calling the court for any District Court matter. Attorneys and parties are expected to recognize the emergency and public health nature of this situation and to cooperate in presenting to the Courts only those matters that must be resolved immediately and that are fully ready to be resolved. The Courts strongly recommend to all litigants to take this time to work a solution to your cases.

    IF ANYBODY IS HAVING SYMPTOMS SIMILAR TO COVID-19, RECENTLY TRAVELLED INTERNATIONALLY OR OUT OF STATE, OR HAS COME IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS TRAVELLED OR IS SICK, DO NOT COME TO COURT. CONTACT THE COURT AND THE COURT WILL MAKE THE NECESSARY SCHEDULING CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE.

    The District Courts will resume normal operations May 8th, 2020 for non-jury dockets and June 1st, 2020 for jury trials unless further notified.

    If you should have any questions please feel free to contact us via email at:

    (for Judge Old)
    (for Judge Crawford)
    (for Judge Steel)

  • NOTICE REGARDING CONTACT WITH THE JUDGE OR COURT PERSONNEL:

    Canon 3, Section B(8) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct Expressly Provides that a Judge and Court personnel shall not directly or indirectly initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications or other communications made to the Judge outside the presence of the parties concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding. Any communication to the Judge or Court personnel concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding is prohibited and shall be promptly rejected.

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