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: Randall E. Simpson

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

Civil:

 

Criminal:
June 01, 2020

 

Probate:

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:
May 27, 2020

 

Criminal:
June 2, 2020 at 11 am
June 4, 2020 at 9 am
June 4, 2020 at 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:
June 2, 2020

 

Criminal:

 

Probate:

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

Dockets

Civil:
May 29, 2020

 

Compliance:

 

Guardianship:
June 5, 2020

Mental Health:

Probate:
June 3, 2020

 

Small Estate:

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

Based upon the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again unveiled yesterday by President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force and Governor Abbott’s executive orders, the following updated guidance is provided for all courts:

  • The Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Third Emergency Order has prohibited conducting non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, and national directives, whichever is most restrictive, regarding maximum group size. The limitation on group size would apply the local stay-at-home or shelter in place order standards to court proceedings.
  • In-person proceedings of any size should be delayed until at least June 1.
  • Essential proceedings should occur in-person only if holding the proceeding remotely is not possible or feasible.
  • If essential proceedings must be held in-person, the court should ensure that:
    EXCEPTION: Essential proceedings may occur in-person in excess of the 10-person maximum if the law requires more than 10 persons for the proceedings, such as grand jury deliberations. Participants should be separated consistent with social distancing and should wear face coverings where possible.

    • No more than 10 persons are gathered in the courtroom or in areas around the courtroom (see exception below);
    • Participants wear face coverings where possible; and
    • Participants in the courtroom are separated consistent with social distancing and other precautions.
  • No non-essential proceedings should be held in-person.
  • With the introduction of the remote proceedings capability through Zoom, most non-essential proceedings, except for jury trials, can be conducted remotely, and there are no limitations on those remote proceedings so long as reasonable notice and access is provided to the participants and the public.

We will be issuing updated and detailed guidance soon regarding if and how courts should consider bringing teleworking staff back to the courthouse and how in-person proceedings should be handled when the orders allow that to occur.

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

Dockets