Williamson County Magistrate Judges serve as Associate Judges at the direction of the District and County Judges of Williamson County under the Standing Referral Order Pursuant to Title 2, Subtitle D, Chapter 54A of the Government Code.
The primary responsibilities of the Magistrate Judges are to determine probable cause, read the defendant their rights, and issue warrants in criminal cases. The Magistrate may also set, issue, and enforce bail conditions.
The Magistrate judge does not determine guilt or innocence in criminal cases.
The Magistrate Office also works in conjunction with Pretrial Services to handle the processes of Cite and Release, Personal Bonds, Emergency Protective Orders, Ignition Interlock and initial appointment of attorney. For more information about these processes and Pretrial Services, view the pretrial services page.
Note: The information contained herein is for general knowledge and should not be considered legal advice to you. If you have questions regarding the legal implications of information contained herein as it applies to you, consult with a Texas licensed attorney.