The primary responsibilities of the Magistrate Court are to read the defendant their rights, determine probable cause, and issue warrants in criminal cases. The Magistrate may also set, issue and enforce bail conditions.
The Magistrate Court does not determine guilt or innocence in criminal cases.
A defendant is considered to be a person charged with a crime.
Williamson County Magistrates 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.