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County Court at Law No. 3
Williamson County Justice Center
405 Martin Luther King, Box 16
Georgetown, Texas 78626
phone (512) 943-1160
fax (512) 943-1165
[email protected]
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Judge Doug Arnold, County Court at Law Three

Judge Doug Arnold

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 1998-2010 and in Harris County from 1994-1998. Before he became a prosecutor, he worked at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from 1993-94 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 Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. In his spare time, Judge Arnold enjoys tennis, hiking, and reading.

 
Pandemic Procedures in Family Cases Updated March 1, 2021

Please contact Amy Bissonnette, Court Three Family Court Coordinator, in order to schedule a meeting with the Judge or a hearing. Her email address is [email protected]. Attorneys and litigants are encouraged to exercise sound judgment when deciding whether a meeting or hearing is necessary.

Divorces, name changes, and adoptions may be finalized by submission. Please email the Family Court Coordinator the competed and signed final decree or order, along with a sworn statement of evidence. The statement of evidence should include all of the statutory elements necessary for the Court to render judgment.

Attorneys and litigants may continue to 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 legal documents to the Family Court Coordinator.

These directives are under constant review and may change as conditions change. Please refer to the Court’s website for additional, updated information.

If you have a meeting or hearing scheduled and conditions change and you no longer need the meeting or hearing, please contact the Family Court Coordinator and let her know.

 
Procedures for All Hearings in Family Cases

County Court Three uses Microsoft Teams for remote hearings. Once a hearing has been scheduled, you will receive an e-mail invitation to the event from the Family Court Coordinator. Please “accept” the invitation. On the date and time of the event, simply click on “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 to the Court Reporter, Karen Kolohe, at [email protected]. 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.

 
Pandemic Procedures in Criminal cases, updated March 1, 2021

Court settings in criminal cases have been greatly reduced during the pandemic. If your case has been actively set, you can find the court date here, https://judicialrecords.wilco.org.

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 https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Magistrate/Indigent-Defense.

You may also contact the Court Three Criminal Court Coordinator, Diana Jackson, at [email protected] or 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.

These directives are under constant review and may change as conditions change.Please refer to the Court’s website for additional, updated information.

 
Updated procedure for conducting misdemeanor hearings in County Court at Law 3

PROCEDURE FOR SETTING AND CONDUCTING 
ELECTRONIC & TELEPHONE COURT HEARINGS IN MISDEMEANOR CASES FOR COUNTY COURT AT LAW 3

Hearings will be conducted electronically using the Microsoft Teams application. In the event a hearing or other meeting is scheduled you will receive an email with a calendar invitation to the meeting. At the
appointed time, all invitees will join the meeting by selecting the link provided.

  • Counsel may access Microsoft Teams to join a meeting anytime, from any device, with or without a
    Microsoft Teams account. To join as a guest:
    •  You will receive an email from the Court with a link to "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.' Click on this link.
    •  It will bring you to a webpage where you can choose to "Download the Teams App" or "Join on the Web." You can choose either one.
      • If you are on a desktop computer, "Join on the Web" is easiest. Note: You must use
        Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your web-browser to use Teams on the web.
      • If you are using a mobile device, downloading the Teams App is easiest.
    • It will ask you to allow Teams to use your Audio and Video from your computer (you must have a camera and a microphone), and it will ask you to type in your name and click "Join Now."
    • This will place you in the "Lobby" for the Videoconference to begin.
    • The person coordinating the call will let you into the Videoconference once it begins.
    • Please be advised that the call may be recorded by the Court or Court Staff for record purposes
  • PROCESS FOR SETTING PLEA HEARINGS RELATED TO JAIL CASES
    NOTE: AGREED DISPOSITION REQUIRED PRIOR TO REQUESTING SETTING
    • After an agreed disposition is reached, the state will email all required paperwork, including the judgement, to the defense attorney.
    • PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED HEARING:
      • Defense attorneys will schedule a time to meet with defendant via phone call taking the following steps:
        • Call 512-943-1365 to schedule phone call with defendant, and at the same time as the call is scheduled forward paperwork to [email protected].
        • Sheriffs officers will print out the Plea Paperwork and provide to Defendant prior to scheduled phone call
        • Participate in phone call with Defendant. If Defendant agrees to plea, instruct Defendant to sign plea paperwork and thumbprint judgment.
        • Defense attorney may also choose to visit the jail in person, if they do so, please ensure you get the Defendant’s thumbprint on the plea documents along with their signature.
    • Once ready to schedule a plea related to a jail case, the defense attorney will email the Court Coordinator, at [email protected], including the completed plea paperwork, to ask for a setting.
    • The Court Coordinator will schedule the hearing in an available time based on the hearing schedule set by the Judge.
    • The Court Coordinator will send a Teams Meeting at least 24 hours in advance of the setting to the following distribution list:
      • Jail Staff: Phillip Schmidt to facilitate having the defendant appear via email at  [email protected]
      • [email protected]
      • Defense Attorney
      • The State
      • The Judge, and
      • The Court Reporter
    • The Court coordinator will initiate the hearing as the "meeting organizer" in Teams. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will electronically sign the paperwork and forward to the county clerk for filing.
      •     All originals will be filed with the papers of the Court.
      •    The clerk will email file stamped copy of judgment to jail staff to be forwarded to the
        defendant.
    • If it becomes necessary for the defense attorney and client to speak privately, the defendant will have access to a phone which will allow for unrecorded conversations with counsel, and the hearing will be recessed to allow for this to happen. Teams should be muted from the jail and attorney inputs.
  • PROCESS FOR SETTING ALL OTHER NECESSARY ON RECORD HEARINGS
    • The Moving party will submit paperwork through eFile, as usual, and should separately notify the Other Party that paperwork is being filed and a hearing is being sought.
    • The Moving party will contact Court Administrator to request hearing and will advise the Court Administrator as to whether the Defendant needs to be present for the hearing, and whether the defendant is in custody.
    • The Hearing will take place, and the Judge will sign necessary paperwork in Odyssey. The Court Administrator shall ensure that the County Clerk is aware that there has been an update to the case.
    • If it becomes necessary for the defense attorney and client to speak privately, the defendant will have access to a phone which will allow for unrecorded conversations with counsel, and the hearing will be recessed to allow for this to happen.
    • The procedure under this section applies to plea hearings for cases involving defendants not in jail.

For non custody plea agreements, the defense attorney should sign the plea paperwork and return it to the county attorney. The county attorney's office will submit it to the clerks and the court administrator will contact the defense attorney to schedule a plea setting. The defendant will need to be present at the courthouse to sign the paperwork and conduct the plea.

 
Courtroom Requirements
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.
 
Request a Transcript

To order a transcript, please e-mail your request to the Court Reporter at  [email protected] and provide the following information:

  • Cause number
  • Style of case 
  • Date(s) of hearing
 
Information

If you need  to look up your case number or check your court date- please go to the link below:

http://judicialrecords.wilco.org/



******Please note: Children are not to be brought to the court on any type of case- family included, unless specifically requested by the court.