Spotlight on San Marcos Municipal Court!
‘Our mission is to serve the community through the promotion of justice by providing an impartial forum for the resolution of all cases brought before the court in a manner such that legal rights of individuals are safeguarded and public interest is protected.’
Ensure access to justice
Ensure expedition and timeliness in case processing
Strive for equality, fairness and integrity in court operation
Ensure independence and accountability of the court
Foster public trust and confidence in the justice system
The court was initially established as a non-record court, began operations as a Court of Record on October 1, 2007. This change in the court’s status expanded its jurisdiction allowing it authority over certain health and safety code violations in the ETJ and also significantly changed the appeal process. Judicial personnel in cooperation with other county magistrates, perform weekend and holiday magistrate duties at the county jail.
The court originally housed at the City Complex since its inception moved to the Hays County Government Center at 712 South Stagecoach Trail #2233 in San Marcos in November of 2013. Office hours are Monday to Friday 8 to 5 with extended hours Wednesday until 8p.m. Now located in the same building as the County Court at Law, District Court and Local JP defendants are directed down the hall or upstairs instead of across town to the appropriate court. Attorneys have professed appreciation for the consolidated location and all parties including staff have an appreciation for the increased security.
The court accepts citations/complaints filed by San Marcos Police Department, Texas State University Police department, Animal Shelter, Building Inspections, Health Department, Park Rangers and Library.
The court established a youth outreach program through the Juvenile Case Manager, consisting of providing educational sessions for local schools utilizing T.M.C.E.C.’s “Driving on the right side of the road” material. Our Juvenile case manager goes into schools and conducts classes relating to the material. The court established a teen court program to provide an alternative means of assessing sanctions on juvenile offenders in October of 2014. We conduct a mock trial annually with San Marcos High School.
Court sponsors Sean Speaks during
Red Ribbon Week at San Marcos High School
Red Ribbon Week - the local initiate focuses on saying no to drugs and alcohol spearheaded by the school district and supported by the City.
The Court has been a recipient of the Traffic Safety award 4 times in the past five years. Court staff have served T.M.C.E.C. as faculty and have been involved in professional associations such as TMCA, TCCA and NACM. All clerk staff are involved in the clerk certification program as required by the position they hold.
Our staff Consists of 3 Attorney Judges - John P. Burke Jr. – is the presiding judge, Dallari Landry and Vincent Luizzi are associate judges. They are all part time and scheduled as needed. A Court Administrator/Court Clerk, a Juvenile Case Manager, a Chief Deputy Court Clerk/Office Supervisor, a Deputy Court Clerk/IT Specialist, 4 Deputy Court Clerks, and 3 part time Deputy Marshals (handling bailiff duty and warrant/court process service).
We are currently undergoing a software implementation that will have us in a hosted environment. We may be the first municipal court go to a hosted solution. The City Information Technology department is encouraging hosted solutions and we are on board with that.
This feature is dedicated to a different court each month or so with photos and links. Send us an email with your name, title, and contact information. Include photos of your court and court staff, a link to your court website, and interesting tidbits about your court.
Address the email to TMCACoordinator.