At the direction of the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, the Municipal Court is currently not holding dockets. The judge is waving personal appearances in most cases at this time and is reviewing requests from defendants with adjudicated cases that have been affected by the Covid -19 crisis. The prosecutor is responding to defendants with unadjudicated cases offering plea bargains as appropriate via the internet and phone.
The Court facility will not be open to the public effective immediately, however, cases can be handled in the following manner during the building closure:
Virtual Court Rooms
With the public being asked to “Stay Home to Save Lives” and stop the spread of the COVID-19, the City of San Marcos Municipal Court will incorporate new tools and procedures to meet the shifting needs of the courtroom starting Tuesday, April 14.
The Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Office of Court Administration have approved modifications to Texas courts which allow for the use of virtual coordination of court operations, or Virtual Court Rooms, during this medical crisis.
The law allows virtual arraignments, pretrial hearings, attorney dockets, show cause dockets, plea dockets and most hearings including bench trials (trials by the Judge). Jury trials will be postponed until it is safe for the public to convene in large groups.
Visit the Municipal Court website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/municourt for more information about equipment and internet resources required to participate. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Court will not be holding in-person Dockets (scheduled court dates) until after May 8, 2020.
Phone service and email: The court phone lines, 512.393.8190, will be open Monday thru Friday from
9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; email email@example.com. The court can accept payments by mail (money orders and checks), over the phone, and online during this time.
Defendants who would like to ask for a plea bargain offer from the prosecutor may send an email or a letter via the postal service requesting prosecutorial review. Please include your citation number or docket number, name and date of birth, address, email address and a good phone number. The court will reach out to you by phone or email regarding the prosecutor’s decision, as to whether you want to accept any plea bargain that may be offered.
Defendants who would like to plead not guilty, please send a written notice indicating this decision either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or postal mail at 712 S. Stagecoach Trail Ste 2233 San Marcos, Texas 78666. This information will be provided to the prosecutor for the purpose of providing discovery. The trial will not be set until the court resumes full operation.
Requests for extensions regarding cases that have judge’s orders may be submitted in writing by postal mail or email for the Judge’s consideration. Please include your citation number or docket number, name and date of birth, address, email address and a good phone number.
Defendants wishing to contest parking violations may send a written notice indicating the reasons for the judge to consider by email or a letter thru the postal service. Please include your citation number or docket number, name and date of birth, address, email address and a good phone number. A clerk will contact you regarding the judge’s decision.
Internet payment portal: www.sanmarcostx.gov/court, go to online payments, read and agree to statements, and use bureau code# 3290449