The Federal, Texas, Williamson, and local Judicial System

This page is about the Federal, Texas, Williamson, and local judicial officials that we either elected, or who was appointed to represent us in federal, state, county, and local courts. This list has the contact information, salary (if any) for the position, and when the term is up. It will also list Democrat candidates who have filed for the position.

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Federal Court System

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a federal appellate court with appellate jurisdiction. It hears appeals from the circuit courts within its jurisdiction and its rulings may be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Appeals are heard in the John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the current President of the United States.

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United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has jurisdiction over Williamson County.

Judges are appointed by the current President of the United States.

ballotpedia.org/United_States_District_Court_for_the_Western_District_of_Texas

Appeals from the Western District go to the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Federal Judicial System




Texas Judicial System

court of appeals districts map

To understand the Texas Judicial System. Look at this chart: www.txcourts.gov/media

Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court is the state's court of last resort for civil matters. The court has nine justices. The Chief Justice makes $171,000. Associate Justices make $168,000.

There is a partisan election of justices, but nearly all of them were originally appointed to their courts by the governor. When a vacancy occurs, the governor may appoint a Justice, subject to Senate confirmation, to serve the remainder of an unexpired term until the next general election.

Supreme Court Justices are elected to staggered terms of 6 years in statewide elections.

As of June 2021, all eight justices on the court identified with the Republican Party. The ninth seat became vacant on June 11, 2021, following the resignation of Eva Guzman, who during her tenure also identified with the Republican party.

Supreme Court Building
201 W. 14th Street, Room 104
Austin, Texas 78701

Mailing Address:
Supreme Court of Texas
PO Box 12248
Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-1312

Nathan Hecht (Republican Party) is is the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court (Place 1). He assumed office on October 1, 2013. His current term expires on December 31, 2026.

Jimmy Blacklock (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 2 of the Texas Supreme Court. He assumed office on January 2, 2018. His current term expires on December 31, 2024.

Debra Lehrmann (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 3 of the Texas Supreme Court. She assumed office on June 21, 2010. Her current term expires on December 31, 2022.

John Devine (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 4 of the Texas Supreme Court. He assumed office on January 1, 2013. His current term expires on December 31, 2024.

Rebeca Huddle (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 5 of the Texas Supreme Court. She assumed office on October 30, 2020. Her current term expires on December 31, 2022.

Jane Bland (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 6 of the Texas Supreme Court. Governor Greg Abbott appointed Bland to the court on August 26, 2019. Her current term expires on December 31, 2024.

Jeffrey S. Boyd (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 7 of the Texas Supreme Court. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2012. His current term expires on December 31, 2026.

Brett Busby (Republican Party) is the Justice for Place 8 of the Texas Supreme Court. He was appointed March 20, 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott. His current term expires on December 31, 2026.

ballotpedia.org/Texas_Supreme_Court

ballotpedia.org/Texas_Supreme_Court_elections,_2022


Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the state's court of last resort for criminal matters and has nine judges. The current chief of the court is Sharon Keller. https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Court_of_Criminal_Appeals
Presiding Judge - Sharon Keller - Current Term expires 2024 - Republican

Place 2 - Mary Lou Keel - Current Term expires 2022 - Republican

Place 3 - Bert Richardson - Current Term expires 2026 - Republican

Place 4 - Kevin Patrick Yeary - Current Term expires 2026 - Republican

Place 5 - Scott Walker - Current Term expires 2022 - Republican

Place 6 - Jesse McClure - Appointed - Current Term expires 2022 - Republican

Place 7 - Barbara Hervey - Current Term expires 2024 - Republican

Place 8 - Michelle Slaughter - Elected Term expires 2024 - Republican

Place 9 - David Newell -Elected Term expires 2026 - Republican


Texas Court of Appeals

There are 14 Courts of Appeals Districts in Texas, with 80 judges.

Williamson County is in the Third Court of Appeals District: ballotpedia.org/Texas_Third_District_Court_of_Appeals. Known as the Third Appellate District of Texas or the Texas Third Court of Appeals The court consists of six judges hearing cases from 24 counties—one chief justice and five judges. The Third Court is an intermediate appellate court that hears all of the criminal and civil appeals for 24 counties except for capital murder. Anyone who wants to appeal a Third Court decision goes to the Court of Criminal Appeals (above) for criminal cases and the Texas Supreme Court for civil cases.

Price Daniel Sr. Building
209 West 14th Street, Room 101
Austin, Texas 78701

Mailing Address:
Third Court of Appeals
PO Box 12547
Austin, Texas 78711

Telephone: (512) 463-1733

Map of the Court of Appeals Districts in Texas:
court of appeals districts map
Williamson County is in Third Court of Appeals District (the green in the middle). https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/c.php?g=478525&p=3303546

Place 1 - Chief Judge
Darlene Byrne
P O Box 412
Austin Tx 78767
E-Mail: byrnecampaign@gmail.com
Party: Democrat
Occupation: Judge

Place 2 - Edward Smith 2019 - Present - Term expires 2024 - Democrat

Place 3 - Chari Kelly 2019 - Present - Term expires 2024 – Democrat

Place 4 - Melissa Goodwin 2011 - Present - Term expires 2022 - Republican
Place 5 - Thomas J. Baker - 2019 - Present - Term expires 2024 – Democrat

Place 6 - Gisela Triana - 2018 - Present - Term expires 2024 – Democrat


Texas Judicial District Courts in Williamson County

District Courts handle: There are 478 district courts in Texas with 478 Judges. 381 districts contain one county, and 97 districts contain more than one county. The 26th, 277th, 368th, 395th, and 425th District Courts are in Williamson County.

Texas Judicial District 26
Judge: Donna King - Republican
26th District Court Judge
Williamson County Justice Center
405 Martin Luther King Jr St, Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1100
Current term expires on December 31, 2024.

Texas Judicial District 277
Judge: Stacey Mathews - Republican
277th District Court Judge
405 Martin Luther King Jr St, Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1277
Current term expires on December 31, 2022.

Texas Judicial District 368
Judge: Rick J. Kennon - Republican
368th District Court Judge
405 M.L.K. Street
Suite 117, Box 8
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1368
Current term expires on December 31, 2022.

Texas Judicial District 395
Judge: Ryan D. Larson - Republican
405 Martin Luther King, Box 15
Georgetown, TX 78626
Office: (512) 943-1395
Current term expires on December 31, 2024

Texas Judicial District 425
Judge: Betsy Lambeth - Republican
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-3380
Current term expires on December 31, 2024.


County-Level Courts at Law - Williamson County

The Williamson County Courts at Law are trial courts in Williamson County, Texas with concurrent jurisdiction over many cases with the district courts and county courts in the county

County-Level Courts are Constitutional County Courts, Statutory County Courts, and Statutory Probate Courts:
Williamson County, Texas has four Constitutional County Courts at Law:

Judge - County Court at Law No. 1 - Brandy Hallford - Republican
County Court at Law #1
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1200
term expires on December 31, 2022

Judge - County Court at Law No. 2 - Laura Barker - Republican
405 M.L.K. Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
Main Line: (512) 943-1410
term expires on December 31, 2022

Judge - County Court at Law No. 3 Doug Arnold - Republican
Williamson County Justice Center
405 Martin Luther King, Box 16
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Phone (512) 943-1160
term expires on December 31, 2022

Judge - County Court at Law No. 4 John B. McMaster - Republican
County Court at Law #4
405 M.L.K. Street, Box 17
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1681
term expires on December 31, 2022


Williamson County Justice of the Peace Courts

The members of the Texas Justice of the Peace Courts are elected in partisan elections and serve four-year terms. They are elected in a precinct-wide election. Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 - KT Musselman - Democrat
J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex
1801 E Old Settlers Blvd, Ste 100
Round Rock, Texas, 78664
JP1@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2022

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 - Edna Staudt - Republican
Williamson County Cedar Park Annex
350 Discovery Blvd, Ste. 204
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Telephone: (512) 260-4210
Salary $83,714
JP2@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2022

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 - Evelyn McLean - Republican
Georgetown Annex
100 Wilco Way, Suite 204
Georgetown, TX 78626
Telephone: (512) 943-1501
JP3@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2022

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 - Judge Stacy Hackenberg - Democrat
211 W 6th St
Taylor, Texas 76574
Phone: (512) 352-4155
JP4@wilco.org
Term expires on December 31, 2022


Municipal Courts in Williamson County

The rules regarding judges of the Texas Municipal Courts vary by each city's charter. Some of the judges are appointed to a two-year term by the city's governing body, and some compete in partisan elections.

Functions: Cedar Park Municipal Court
City courthouse · 911 Quest Pkwy · (512) 260-4300
Presiding Judge Joseph Oswald - Republican
Associate Judge Daniel Gonzalez

Leander Municipal Court
Pat Bryson Municipal Hall · 201 N. Brushy Street · Leander, Texas 78641
Presiding Judge Cathy Riedel
Associate Judge Mark Goodner
leandertx.gov/municipalcourt

Liberty Hill Municipal Court
2801 Ranch Rd 1869, Liberty Hill, TX 78642
Presiding Judge Kevin R. Madison
Associate Judge Tracy V. Musch
tx-libertyhill2.civicplus.com/204/Municipal-Court

Round Rock Municipal Court
City courthouse · Round Rock, TX · In Centennial Plaza · (512) 218-5480
Presiding Judge Alan McGraw - Republican
Associate Judge Sandra Fitzpatrick was appointed by City Council June, 2021
Associate Judge Lucas Wilson was appointed by City Council June, 2021

Georgetown Municipal Court
City courthouse · Georgetown, TX · (512) 930-3625
Presiding Judge Randall C. Stump
Associate Judge David W. Scott


Williamson County Attorney

Doyle Hobbs Jr. - Republican
405 Martin Luther King Jr St
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-1111
Salary $153,142
term expires on December 31, 2024


Williamson County District Attorney

Shawn Dick - Republican
405 M.L.K., Suite 229
Georgetown, Texas 78626
(512) 943-1111
Salary $70,140
term expires on December 31, 2024


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