Courts in Hays County, Texas

As provided in the Texas Constitution, Hays County has a single court presided over by a county judge.

The Hays County Court at Law has concurrent jurisdiction with justice of the peace and district courts in civil cases in which the amount in controversy is small. Jurisdiction is said to be concurrent when two levels of courts have authority to try the same type of case.

The constitutional county courts generally hear the probate cases filed in the county. They also have original jurisdiction over all Class A and Class B misdemeanor criminal cases, which are the more serious minor offenses. These courts usually have appellate jurisdiction in cases appealed from justice of the peace and municipal courts, except in counties where county courts at law have been established. Unless the appeal is one from a designated municipal court of record (trial proceedings are recorded by a court reporter), the appeal takes the form of a trial de novo (a completely new trial).

DWI and other criminal cases are heard in the Hays County Court at Law at 110 MLK Drive, San Marcos, TX. San Marcos is the county seat. Inquiries may be directed to:

Hays County Court at Law
110 MLK Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 393-7625
Fax: (512) 393-7633
Website: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/Departments/CountyCourtatLaw/tabid/126/Default.aspx

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