LOCAL RULES OF PRACTICE FOR THE

22ND, 207TH, 274TH, 421ST, 428TH & 433RD

DISTRICT COURTS OF TEXAS

 

Pursuant to the authority granted District Courts under Rule 3a, T.R.C.P., and Art.  33.08,  C.C.P., to promulgate Rules of Practice for conducting the business of District Courts, the rules, suggestions and procedures  set out below will be in effect in this  Court unless subsequently  modified, changed or amended.

The trial dockets of the 22nd, 207th, 274th, 421st, 428th and 433rd District Courts of Comal, Hays and Caldwell counties  are to be in accordance  with  the published schedule  on file and available for copying  in the Offices  of the District Clerks.

 

PART ONE: CIVIL RULES

 

SECTION ONE - Settings

Rule 1.  Written  Request

All cases, contested or uncontested, MUST be set by way of WRITTEN MOTION WITH ORDER ATTACHED.  Forms  will  be provided, if  necessary.   Attorneys requesting settings will notify the opposing counsel of such motion by certified mail or by hand delivery at least ten (1 0) days before the date of such setting. In addition, said Request shall include  an estimated  length  of hearing.

If for good cause opposing  counsel cannot  go to trial  on such date, he shall immediately notify  the Court  Administrator or Court  Coordinator in writing stating  such reasons.

If opposing counsel has not advised the Office of Court Administration within five  (5)  days of  such  notice,  the  Court  shall  proceed  to  set  such case for hearing.

Rule 2.  Setting  through the Office  of Court  Administration

ONLY the Court Administrator or Court Coordinator can set a case. Motions to

Set should  be sent to the Court Coordinator in the respective  County.

Rule 3.  Agreements  as to Settings

Inclusive  with the above procedures, a contested  case may be set for trial on the merits  or for pre-trial hearing  by agreement  of counsel  and approved  by the Court, or may be set by order of the Court.

Rule 4.  Order on the Docket, Preferential Settings

All cases shall be set in the same sequence as the dates of the orders setting the cases; provided, however, for good cause, after motion and hearing, a case may be advanced on the docket  by order of the Court.

 

SECTION TWO -jury Cases

 

Rule 5. Jury

A jury Demand must be filed and a jury fee paid prior  to obtaining a setting on the jury  docket.

Rule 6.  Mediation

A Certificate of Completion of Mediation  must be on file no later than the Thursday prior to thejury setting;  unless Mediation has previously been waived by the Court.

Rule 7.  Written Questions

In all contested jury  cases, before  announcements of "Ready", counsel shall furnish the Court with  all written questions  anticipated for the Charge of the Court.

 

SECTION THREE - Domestic Relations

Rule 8.  Court  Mandated Divorce  Seminar

A Certificate of Completion of a Court Mandated Divorce Seminar must be on file  prior  to the parties  obtaining a divorce.   The course  is required  for both parties   in  Domestic   Relations   cases, involving minor   children,  filed  after january  1, 2002.     The Court  Mandated  Divorce  Seminars  include  'For Kids Sake'; 'Putting  Kids First'; 'Kids in Divorce Situations' or any other programs approved  by the District Court.

 

Rule 9.  Uncontested Cases

In all uncontested Domestic Relations cases, all forms, and preferably the Final

Judgment, should  be ready at the time of trial.

 

Rule 1 0.  Support and Temporary Spousal Alimony a)          Financial Information Statement.

Before  any contested  trial  or hearing  involving child  support  or temporary spousal alimony,  each party shall prepare and file with the Court a financial information statement in the form provided by the Clerk.

b)      Obligor's  Place of Payment.

Unless  waived   by  the  Court,   all  temporary  spousal   alimony payments  shall be made through  the Office  of the District Cieri<. All  child  support   payments  are  to  be  sent  to  the  Texas  Child Support Disbursement Unit.

Rule 11.  Social Studies a)         Adoptions.

Arrangements for the preparation of a social study shall be made on all adoptions  before the case will be set for trial.

b)      Arrangements  for Payment.

In contested  domestic  relation  cases involving custody of children wherein a social study is requested, the anticipated costs of preparation must  be deposited  with the District Clerk or other satisfactory arrangements   made  to  guarantee   payment   to  the person preparing the social study. Without such arrangements, the preparation of a social study will not be ordered.

 

Rule 1 2.  Guidelines

Copies of the Supreme Court Guidelines on Support  and the Local Guidelines on Visitation may be obtained  from  the District Clerks.

SECTION FOUR -judgments

Rule 13.   Approval as to Form

All judgments shall be approved by all attorneys involved before presenting to the  Court  for  signature.

 

PART TWO: CRIMINAL RULES

 

SECTION ONE- Settings

Rule 14.   Settings

All criminal cases shall be set ONLY by Court Order  or by administrative notice of setting by the Court Administrator.

If for  good  cause  defense  counsel cannot go  to  trial on  such  date,  he shall, within five  (5)  days  of  receipt  of  the  setting  notice, so  advise   the  Court Administrator in writing stating such reason. In no event  shall the case be re­ set beyond the  time  limits set out  in  the  Code  of  Criminal Procedure or  the Rules of Judicial Administration.

 

SECTION TWO - Pretrial

Rule 1 5.  Pretrial Date  Required

All cases shall be set for  a pretrial hearing.

Evidentiary pretrial motions will  be  heard  at  time   of  trial unless   otherwise ordered by the Court.

Rule 1 6.  Paperwork

All   pretrial  motions  shall   be  filed   in  accordance  with   Code   of   Criminal

Procedure.

All paperwork shall be prepared in advance, whether it be a negotiated plea or a pretrial.

On pretrial motions, attach  by separate  page  on all motions an order  with  the proper cause number and style  of case.

 

SECTION THREE -jury Trial

Rule 1 7.  Jury

After pretrial hearing, all  cases  will  be  set  for  jury trial  unless  the  defense attorney request a court trial  or a date  for a plea  of guilty.

 

SECTION FOUR -Trial before  the Court

Rule 1 8.  Waiver

If defense  request a court trial, a jury  waiver  must  be filed  with  the Court.  Said waiver  to  be  signed and  sworn  to  by  defendant and  approved by  defense counsel and District Attorney.

SECTION FIVE -judgments

Rule 1 9.  Prepared by Prosecutor

The  prosecutor shall  prepare all judgments in criminal cases.

PART THREE: GENERAL  RULES

 

SECTION ONE- Docket Call

Rule 20.  Time

Docket call is at 9:00a.m., unless  otherwise noticed in writing.

 

SECTION TWO - Removal of Case from Docket Setting

Rule 21.   Setting Conflicts

Recognizing that attorneys practicing in the 22nd, 207th, 274th, 421 sr, 428th and

433rd judicial District Courts are sometimes scheduled to appear  in more  than one county at the  same  time, such attorneys are to report first to the county in  which  they  have the  most  jail  cases set, then  to  the  county with  the  most cases overall. Attorneys practicing in statutory County Courts-at-Law should give  deference to State  District Courts.   Any exceptions to  this  rule  require prior approval by  the  District Court   Administrator, or  his  designee, in  the appropriate county.

Rule 22.  Continuance

Except as provided herein, after a case is set by written order or administrative notice of setting  it cannot be removed from  the docket unless a written Motion for Continuance is filed  seven (7) days prior  to setting  date and approved  by the Court, by written mutual  agreement, by dismissal, or by other agreed final disposition filed  with  the District Clerk prior  to the setting date and notice to the Office  of Court  Administration.

Rule 23.  Dismissal for Want of Prosecution

If a case is set by written order  or by administrative notice  of setting, and not otherwise  removed from the docket setting  by the rules established herein, the Court  will  call the case and if no appearance  or announcement is made, the case will be dismissed for want of prosecution.

SECTION THREE - Interpreters

Rule 24.  Court  Appointed Interpreters

Any attorney practicing in the 22nd, 207th, 274th, 421 5 \ 428th and 433rd judicial District Court who requires  a licensed court interpreter for a court appearance is required to notify court  administration of  such  need  not  less than  three business  days prior   to the setting.

SECTION FOUR - Decorum in Court

Rule 25.  Recording and Photographing prohibited

During sessions and recesses between sessions of Court no broadcasting, televising, recording (audio or visual) or taking of photographs (nor equipment capable of doing  the same) shall be allowed  in the Courtroom or on the same floor  where  the  Courtroom is located,  without prior approval by the judge presiding over said Courtroom.

Rule 26.  Cell Phones and Pagers prohibited

All pagers and cell phones  must  be turned  off  upon  entering the Courtroom.

Rule 27.  Reading Material

No  reading   of  newspapers,  magazines   and/or  books   are  allowed  in  the

Courtroom, except  for officers  of the Court,  inside  the rail.

Rule 28.  Dress Code

In the Courtroom, all Attorneys  and Court  officials shall dress in keeping  with the dignity required for Court  proceedings.

Rule 29.  Food and Drinks

No  food  or  drinks  are allowed  in  the Courtroom, except  for  officers  of  the

Court,  inside  the rail.

 

ORDERED this 6th day of September, 1989.   Amended  February_£ 2010.