Cameron County Courts at Law

Honorable Judge
Arturo A. McDonald, Jr.

974 E. Harrison St.-Judicial Building
Brownsville Texas, 78520
Ph. (956) 544-0855
Fax (956) 548-9542

 

 

 

 

Court Staff:

Court Administrator: Brenda Cantu         Bailiff: Rolando Cavazos
Court Coordinator: Patty Candela            Records Clerk: Jose Roberto “Beto” Treviño
Court Reporter: Irene R. Salazar

Contact information

All inquiries regarding Criminal Cases, email Court Coordinator atPatricia.Candela@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding Civil and Probate Cases, email Court Administrator at Brenda.Cantu@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding Court Docket, email Court Coordinator at Brenda.Cantu@co.cameron.tx.us Court Administrator

All inquiries regarding services, email Court clerk at jose.trevino@co.cameron.tx.us

Dockets

Honorable Judge
Laura L. Betancourt

974 E. Harrison St.-Judicial Building
Brownsville Texas, 78520
Ph. (956) 544-0856
Fax (956) 504-3678

 

 

 

 

Court Staff:

Court Administrator: Perla Diaz                  Bailiff: Jose Luis Salinas
Court Coordinator: Karla Leal                      Records Coordinator: Tomas Quintero
Court Reporter: Roel Rodriguez

EMERGENCY STANDING ORDER

COVID 19 UPDATE
Effective Immediately

All court proceeding for Cameron County Court at Law #2 will be livestreamed through Youtube by clicking  the following link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZFwneQeDFUBxjazQn-Hplw until further notice.

Contact Information

All inquiries regarding Civil Cases, email Court Administrator at Perla.Diaz@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding Criminal Cases, email Court Coordinator at Karla.Leal@co.cameron.tx.us

Judge Laura L. Betancourt, Cameron County Court at Law #2 permits attorneys to appear telephonically via CourtCall for most non-evidentiary hearings on civil cases. To set up your CourtCall Appearance call 1-888-882-6878 at least 3 days prior to your scheduled hearing date. Additional information is also available @ www.courtcall.com.

Dockets

COVID 19 UPDATE
Effective Immediately

All court proceeding for Cameron County Court at Law #2 will be livestreamed through Youtube by clicking  the following link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZFwneQeDFUBxjazQn-Hplw until further notice.

Civil:
Nov 18, 2020

Criminal:
Dec 01, 2020 – 9 am
Dec 01, 2020 – 1 pm
Dec 03, 2020 – 9 am
Dec 03, 2020 – 11 am

 

Dec 7, 2020
Dec 8, 2020 – 9 am
Dec 8, 2020 – 1 pm
Dec 10, 2020 – 9 am
Dec 10, 2020 – 11 am

Honorable Judge
David Gonzales III

 

974 E. Harrison St.-  Judicial Building
Brownsville Texas, 78520
Ph. (956) 574-8136
Fax (956) 574-8140

 

 

 

 

Court Staff:
Court Administrator: Laura P. Perez-Reyes
Court Coordinator: Nelly Sanchez
Court Reporter: Ms. Bernadette “Bernie” Mathis

Records Coordinator: Sandra Forno Cisneros
Bailif: Leofredo Peña

Contact Information:

 

All inquiries regarding Criminal Cases, email Court Administrator at  Lpperez@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding Civil Cases, email Court Coordinator at NSanchez@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding services and Criminal information, email Records Coordinator at Sandra.forno2@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding transcripts, email Court Report at BKM148@aol.com

EMERGENCY STANDING ORDER

Civil dockets will be held via Zoom at 9:30 AM on Tuesdays.

Criminal dockets for noncustodial defendants will be held via Zoom at 9:30 AM on Thursdays.

Criminal dockets for defendants in custody will be held via Zoom at 10 AM on Thursdays.

Public access is available at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-lXsjghvvJn6kLiq7hpzg

Contact Information

All inquiries regarding Criminal Cases, email Court Administrator at Lpperez@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding Civil Cases, email Court Coordinator at NSanchez@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding services, and Criminal information, email Records Coordinator at sandra.forno2@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries regarding transcripts, email Court Reporter at BKM148@aol.com

Dockets

Criminal Dockets are being held via Zoom on Mondays at 9:30am.
Civil Dockets are being held via Zoom on Tuesdays at 9:30am.
Public Access is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-lXsjghvvJn6kLiq7hpzg

Civil:
Nov 30, 2020
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 08, 2020

Criminal:
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 03, 2020

Honorable Judge Sheila Garcia-Bence

County Court At Law 4
974 E. Harrison St.
Brownsville, TX, 78520

956-574-8116

 

 

 

 

Court Staff:

Court Administrator: All inquiries regarding Probate Cases, and Small Estate Affidavits, email
Melissa Rocha; Melissa.Rocha@co.cameron.tx.us 956-574-8732

Court Coordinator: All inquiries regarding Guardianship and Civil Cases, email
Tanya Miracle; Tanya.Miracle@co.cameron.tx.us  956-574-8116

Court Reporter: Sydnee Schwab; Sydnee.Schwab@co.cameron.tx.us  956-356-6371

Bailiff: Jesse Betancourt; Jesse.Betancourt@co.cameron.tx.us

Court Investigator: All inquiries regarding initial and annual visits to the ward, and Annual Reports, email
Mindy Escamilla; Mindy.Escamilla@co.cameron.tx.us 956-356-6372

Court Auditor: All inquiries regarding the filing of Inventories, Annual Accounts, and Annual Reports email
Krystal Mallen; Krystal.Mallen@co.cameron.tx.us  956-574-8707

COVID UPDATE #3

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

In compliance with the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Third Emergency Order prohibiting conducting non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, and national directives, all County Court at Law No. 4  in-person proceedings of any size are delayed until at least June 1.  We will continue to hold essential and non essential dockets on a weekly basis via televideoconferencing.

In compliance with the Office of Court Administration guidance regarding Public Access to Remote Hearings during the COVID-19 Pandemic all Cameron County Court at Law No.4 dockets will be livestreamed on YouTube.  You may watch the proceedings at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Aex-cTEP7s7PJ1W0t-2DQ

Administrative Order on Personal Service

Administrative Order for Mental Health

Zoom Instructions for Self-Represented Litigants and Court Participants

Honorable Judge
Estela Chavez – Vasquez

County Court At Law 5
974 E. Harrison St.- Judicial Building
Brownsville Texas, 78520

Ph. (956) 356-6567

 

 

 

 

Court Staff:

Court Administrator (Civil): Monica Lopez

Court Coordinator (Criminal): Cynthia Esparza

Court Reporter: Rhonda Martin

Bailiff: Francisco Javier Pineda

Records Coordinator: Monica Rosendo

 

COVID-19 Operating Plan for Cameron County Judiciary

UPDATED – Guidance on Conducting Court Proceedings

Supreme Court Issues Two New Emergency Orders Regarding Jury Trial Delay and Statute of Limitations

Today, the Supreme Court issued the 22nd Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster (expires September 30 unless renewed). The order renews, as amended, paragraphs 3-10 and 12-13 of the 18th Emergency Order (which was set to expire August 31). The order requires:

  • No jury proceedings permitted, including jury selection and jury trials, prior to October 1, except as discussed below.
    • OCA is directed to coordinate with the Regional Presiding Judges and local administrative judges, to assist trial courts in conducting a limited number of jury proceedings prior to October 1 and to submit a report to the Court outlining observations and making recommendations regarding procedures for jury proceedings.
      • So far, 5 jury trials have been conducted and 24 more, including 2 fully virtual trials, are scheduled for August. Trial court judges who have jury proceedings which might be appropriate as one of the limited jury trials should coordinate with their local administrative judge and regional presiding judge. Once that coordination has occurred, the Regional Presiding Judge will alert OCA of the potential trial for further discussion.
    • A trial conducted as one of the limited jury proceedings permitted to proceed must:
      • Be at the request of the judge presiding over the case;
      • Ensure adequate social distancing and other restrictions and precautions are taken;
      • Take all reasonable steps to protect the parties’ constitutional and statutory rights;
      • Require the admonishment of petit jurors as appropriate to ensure that proper attention is given by each juror and that outside influence is removed;
      • Permit OCA to observe the processes used during the proceeding so that OCA can prepare its report to the Court and develop best practices for other courts’ use; and
      • For proceedings where petit jurors appear remotely, all potential and selected jurors must be ensured access to technology to participate remotely (except summary jury trials).
      • Consent of the parties is not required.
  • Petit and grand jurors are permitted to participate remotely. OCA has obtained equipment that will allow jurors to participate remotely in a jury trial.
  • Courts are prohibited from holding any in-person proceedings without first submitting and having acknowledgment from the Regional Presiding Judge of an operating plan that is consistent with OCA’s Guidance for All Court Proceedings During COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Courts are required to continue to use all reasonable efforts to conduct proceedings remotely.
  • Courts are permitted to suspend or modify any deadlines or procedures, whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order, for a stated period ending no later than September 30, except that in parental termination cases filed by the government, the dismissal date for any case previously retained on the court’s docket can be extended for an additional period not to exceed 180 days from the date of this Order.
  • Extends the authority of a court, without a participant’s consent, to allow or require anyone involved in any hearing, deposition, or other proceeding of any kind, to participate remotely; to consider as evidence sworn statements made out of court or sworn testimony given remotely, out of court; to conduct proceedings away from the court’s usual location with reasonable notice and access to the participants and the public; to require every participant to alert the court of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure; and to take any other reasonable action to avoid exposing court proceedings to the threat of COVID-19.

 

In the 21st Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued last Friday, the Supreme Court renewed, as amended, paragraph 11 of the 18th Emergency Order to extend the statute of limitations deadline for any civil case that fell between March 13 and September 1 to September 15.

Grand Jury Impanelment Template Permits Courts to Select Grand Jurors

As a reminder, OCA has approved impanelment of grand juries without further coordination as long as the court follows the grand jury impanelment procedure in the pre-approved template. If a court uses this template, please remember to submit the grand jury reporting form as required. OCA has received 26 grand jury impanelment reports, but if you have used the template procedure, please submit your report as soon as possible. The information from the reports will be used in preparation of OCA’s report to the Supreme Court of Texas.

Attorney General Issues Opinion on Authority of Judges to Require Face Coverings

In Opinion No. KP-0322 (issued August 3), Attorney General Paxton responded to a request for opinion on the authority of judges to require face coverings in courtrooms, courthouses, and county buildings, and how to resolve differences in separate branch orders that conflict. The opinion states that:

  • A commissioners court may require any person entering a courthouse or other county-owned or controlled building to wear a facial covering;
  • A county judge operating under a local disaster order could require a person to wear a facial covering when occupying a courthouse or other county-owned or controlled building;
  • Judges possess broad inherent authority to control orderly proceedings in their courtrooms, and pursuant to that authority, they could require individuals in the courtroom to wear facial coverings;
  • In addition, because of the Supreme Court’s emergency orders requiring all judges to comply with guidance promulgated by the Office of Court Administration, which requires facial coverings by all individuals while in the courthouse, courts may require any person entering the courthouse in which they preside to wear a facial covering while in the courthouse;
  • Under Executive Order GA-29, individuals who fail to comply can be fined up to $250 for an individual’s second violation of a mask requirement;
  • In addition, public officials may deny entry to those individuals refusing to wear a facial covering; and
  • Issues of conflicting orders issued by various local officials within the same county should be resolved by coordinating with each other. Which official’s order would prevail in any particular circumstance may raise separation of powers issues and would be determined after reviewing the specific orders at issue and the corresponding authority of the public officials to issue those orders.

If you have any questions or concerns related to anything in this guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at coronavirus@txcourts.gov. Thank you for your continued efforts during this difficult time.

EMERGENCY STANDING ORDER

Effective immediately Cameron County Court at Law #5 will be having Jail docket
every Tuesday at 10:30am

Contact Information

All inquiries concerning Civil Cases, email Court Administrator at Monica.lopez3@co.cameron.tx.us.

All inquiries concerning Criminal Cases, email Court Coordinator at

Cynthia.esparza@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries concerning services and Criminal information, email Court Records at Monica.rosendo@co.cameron.tx.us

All inquiries concerning transcripts, email Court Reporter at Rhonda.martin@co.cameron.tx.us