425th District Court
Hon. Betsy Lambeth
Judge Betsy Figer Lambeth is a fifth-generation Texan. She received her undergraduate decree from the University of Texas in Austin and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. She was elected the first female district judge in Williamson County on November 6, 2012.
Judge Lambeth was in private practice for 27 years and has had extensive courtroom experience in the areas of family law, juvenile law, and general civil law. Judge Lambeth started practicing law in Midland, TX focusing on general civil litigation, banking and oil and gas litigation and bankruptcy litigation. In 1987, she moved to Williamson County and continued her general civil litigation practice. Judge Lambeth opened her own law firm in 1997 and added family matters to her civil trial practice. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Lambeth was recognized in Williamson County as an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. She served in the trenches with the families of Williamson County working with the families as they navigated the difficult waters of divorce, custody, child welfare and juvenile law. Judge Lambeth knows the affect courtroom decisions have on children and families. She has sat across the table from fathers, mothers and children, listening to their stories and helping them determine the course of their new family life.
With this wealth of experience, Judge Lambeth transitioned easily into her role on the bench. Her years of trial experience are evident in her ability to make decisive rulings in the cases before her and in her ability to exercise courtroom efficiency and proper courtroom management.
Judge Lambeth exemplifies the qualities which comprise judicial temperament: common sense, patience, open-mindedness, courtesy, alertness, tact, firmness, understanding, compassion, wisdom and humility. Judge Lambeth has a keen ability to deal with counsel, jurors, witnesses and parties calmly and courteously, and with the willingness to hear and consider the views of all sides. After only 2 1/2 years on the bench, in August 2015 Judge Lambeth was elected by her peers to serve as Presiding Judge of the District Courts of Williamson County.
All courts shall be open, and every person for an injury done him, in his lands, goods, person or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. - Tex. Const. art. I, § 13
Pursuant to Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 21a(f) the public is hereby notified that ALL hearings, including hearings conducted by electronic means, are observable by the public at 405 Martin Luther King Street, Georgetown, Texas in the courtroom provided for the 425th Judicial District Court.
Case Transfers to the 480th District Court
All uncontested or agreed matters will be considered, on submission, as long as all parties and/or attorneys have signed the proposed order(s). The Order must be signed even if an agreed, signed Motion has been filed.
In an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), local school districts have or are considering school closures after the spring break. Consequently, the Williamson County Courts have been receiving inquiries requesting guidance for parents whose children are due back after spring break.
The Standard Possession Schedule contained in most divorce and SAPCR orders is based on the school calendar. This means the possession schedule should be read in conjunction with the school calendar: where the child goes to school; or for the school district in which the child resides, if the child is not yet in school. In entering these orders, it was unforeseen that spring break for area schools might be extended because of a pandemic illness, such as COVID-19.
In situations like the present one, for purposes of interpretation of the order, the original school calendar determines the possession schedule. School closures, which may have the net effect of extending the spring break, should not be used by the visiting parent to extend his or her possession period with the child. The child is due back to the other parent at the time spring break ends according to the original school calendar.