Tag Archives: Austin Municipal Court

Friday, September 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council tells staff: Get municipal court move done

So far, the process of reviewing plans and preparing for relocation of the Austin Municipal Court has been “very, very extensive,” according to Municipal Court Clerk Mary Jane Grubb. Impatient with the lagging timeline, City Council is pressing staffers to…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

South station closure marks start of municipal court facilities shuffle

A significant shuffling of operations is in store for Austin Municipal Court in the coming months, thanks in large part to Friday’s permanent closure of the court’s south substation on Manchaca Road.The closure will leave South Austin residents with two…

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City still looking for Municipal Court building funds

Last week, during discussion of whether City Council should approve a 10-year lease for Austin’s Municipal Court at the Met Center in Southeast Austin, Council Member Ora Houston opposed the $31 million contract with Zydeco Development. Her reasoning was partially…

Friday, May 11, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Municipal Court move to Met Center OK’d

Although Council Member Ora Houston made numerous arguments against a 120-month lease for Austin’s Municipal Court at the Met Center in Southeast Austin, only Council Member Pio Renteria joined her during Thursday’s Council meeting in voting against authorizing city staff…

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Met Center apology insufficient for Houston

Council Member Ora Houston raised objections during Tuesday’s work session to an item on Thursday’s Council agenda authorizing staff to enter into a 120-month lease agreement for 96,000 square feet of office space at the Met Center on Montopolis Drive…

Friday, March 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council denies reappointment of five judges

Who judges the judges? On Thursday, it was City Council. Though there was very little dissent on the dais about a recommendation that left five judges without appointments, the public testimony that preceded Council’s vote was critical and, at times,…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Judicial Committee recommends against reappointment of five judges

City Council’s Judicial Committee acted in swift unity Monday morning, voting unanimously to recommend a slate of Municipal Court judge appointments that did not include five sitting judges. The vote came after a change in the recommendation process and increased…

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council reopens path to chauffeur’s permit for many criminal offenders

City Council took action on Thursday that could help put some disqualified taxi and transportation network company drivers back on Austin roads.The amendment to the city code tweaked an existing ordinance that Council passed in June that restricted many current…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

County ponders partnership with city on one-stop justice shop

With a pair of aging courthouses between them, Travis County and the city of Austin could find a solution to their problems through mutual cooperation.That idea was part of the focus of a Thursday afternoon work session at Travis County…

Thursday, March 3, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Municipal court judge: Our building is in shambles

Austin Municipal Court is so overcrowded that employees are working in closets throughout the building, which is filled with asbestos and is one technical glitch away from not functioning, according to courthouse staff.Presiding Judge Sherry Statman told City Council on Tuesday…

Friday, September 18, 2015 by Jo Clifton

City Hall to keep court function, metal detectors

Despite City Council Member Don Zimmerman’s attempt to move all Downtown Community Court hearings out of City Hall, Council voted 10-1 to authorize renewal of a five-year lease agreement for court space at 719 and 721 E. Sixth St., with…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Why your speeding ticket doesn’t pay for what you think it does

Travis County and the City of Austin take part in a regular fiscal dance with the State of Texas over who pays the costs of government. Over the next three days, KUT News and the Austin Monitor will look at…

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