Court at Law Three
A sixth-generation Texan, Judge Arnold has lived and served in Williamson County since 1998. He took office as Judge of County Court Three in December 2010. Prior to serving as a judge, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County from 1998 to 2010 and in Harris County from 1994-1998. Before he became a prosecutor, he worked at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from 1993 to 1994 as a briefing attorney to Judge Charles Campbell.
Judge Arnold graduated from Seguin High School in Seguin, Texas in 1986. He obtained a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1993.
Judge Arnold is board certified as an attorney in criminal law and criminal appeals. He has repeatedly trained judges, attorneys, police officers, probation officers, and others on various aspects of law, trials, and appeals. He has also written articles and papers on a variety of legal topics.
Judge Arnold has served the community as a coach, board member, and volunteer. Some of the organizations he has worked with are the Williamson Museum, Georgetown Dribblers, Georgetown High School Tennis and Cross-Country Booster Clubs, and various churches.
Judge Arnold lives in Georgetown with his wife Jamie, a psychology professor. They have two children in college, Drew and Dan. They are active members of First United Methodist Church in Georgetown. In his spare time, Judge Arnold enjoys tennis, hiking, and reading.
Please contact Amy Bissonnette, Court Three Family Court Coordinator, for information or to schedule a hearing. Email Amy Bissonnette. Divorces and name changes may be finalized by submission. Please email the Family Court Coordinator the completed and signed final decree or order, along with a sworn affidavit and statement of evidence. The affidavit and statement of evidence should include all of the statutory elements necessary for the Court to render judgment. The affidavit should also be verified and notarized. Attorneys and litigants may submit proposed, agreed orders to the Family Court Coordinator by e-File for the Judge’s review. After consideration, if the Judge determines additional testimony and/or information is required, you will be contacted by the Family Court Coordinator. The Court will only accept electronic documents from an attorney, an employee of an attorney, or a party to the lawsuit. If you do not fall into one of those categories, do not submit documents to the Family Court Coordinator.
County Court Three uses Microsoft Teams for remote hearings. Once a hearing has been scheduled, you will receive an email invitation to the event from the Family Court Coordinator. Please "accept" the invitation. On the date and time of the event, simply select "Join" to enter the hearing.
Witnesses other than the parties will be placed in a virtual waiting room during the hearing and will be admitted by the Court when called to testify.
All potential exhibits for hearings must be numbered and distributed electronically by emailing Karen Kolohe, the Court Reporter. The exhibits should be numbered sequentially and sent to the Court Reporter by 5 pm at least two business days prior to the start of the hearing. Exhibits must also be disclosed to the opposing party or counsel no later than 5 pm two business days prior to the start of the hearing. Paper copies of documentary exhibits may be sent to the Court and/or opposing counsel prior to the hearing but are not required. Audio or video exhibits must also be disclosed prior to the hearing in the same manner as documents. For exhibits other than documents, audio files, or video files, please contact the Court Reporter for special instructions.
All hearing participants are expected to dress and act appropriately during the hearing. Even though this is a remote hearing, you are still in court.
In the event a hearing is scheduled and is no longer needed, please inform the Family Court Coordinator immediately.
Any member of the public wishing to observe a remote hearing may do so by email Amy Bissonnette the Court three Family Coordinator, call or 512-943-1160. Observers must have their camera turned off and be muted during the hearing. Alternatively, all remote hearings may be viewed live in the court three courtroom, where they are broadcast simultaneously.
Not all criminal cases currently have active settings. If your case has been actively set, you can find the court date with the Williamson County Records Inquiry.
Personal appearance of the defendant is mandatory on all settings, except for discovery or plea settings.
All questions related to your pending criminal case need to be directed to your attorney. If you have a pending criminal case in court 3 and you are not currently represented by an attorney, you may either hire an attorney to represent you, or you may apply for a court-appointed attorney at the Indigent Defense Page.
You may also email Diana Jackson, the Court Three Criminal Court Coordinator, Diana Jackson or call 512-943-1162.Do not attempt to contact the Criminal Court Coordinator regarding a case unless you are the criminal defendant in that case. The Criminal Court Coordinator cannot discuss the facts of your case or give legal advice.
Please dress appropriately. Shorts, tank tops, clothing with offensive language or logos, and inappropriate/provocative clothing are not permitted in the courtroom. Also, please make arrangements for child care. The minimum age requirements are as follows: for family dockets, no one under 17 years old will be allowed in the courtroom; and for criminal dockets, no one under age 14 will be permitted inside the courtroom.
To order a transcript, please email the Court Reporter your request and provide the following information:
- Cause number
- Style of case
- Date(s) of hearing
If you need to look up your case number or check your court date- please go to the Williamson County Records Inquiry.
Please note: Children are not to be brought to the court on any type of case- family included, unless specifically requested by the court.
- Application for Court Appointment List (PDF)
- Attorney Qualifications for Misdemeanor Appointments (PDF)
- CCL 3 Ad Litem and Amicus Attorney list (PDF)
- Court Appointed Attorney Misdemeanor Voucher (Post-February 1st 2023 Disposed Cases) (PDF)
- Court Appointed Attorney Misdemeanor Voucher (Post-May 15th 2022 Disposed Cases) (PDF)
- Court Appointed Attorney Misdemeanor Voucher (Pre-May 15th 2022 Disposed Cases) (PDF)
- Family Civil Voucher (DOCX)