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Cameron County Courts at Law

Cameron County

Learn the virtual court procedures, who you need to contact, and more about the Cameron County Courts at Law.
Overview

Guide Overview

County Courts at Law hear all probate, guardianship, mental health matters, civil cases where the amount in controversy is $500-$1 million, eminent domain cases, protective orders under Texas Family Code chapter 71, class A or B misdemeanor criminal offenses, and appeals of: 

  • Final rulings and decisions of the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission, 

  • Travis County Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts, and 

  • State Office of Administrative Hearings concerning Administrative License Revocations. 

County Court at Law No. 4 has preference to all probate, guardianship, and mental health matters. 

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Research Tips

Read our articles on Zoom and how to use it to prepare for your hearing. You should also read the Cameron County Courts Local Rules uploaded by the Cameron County County Clerk.

Common questions about Cameron County

The Cameron County Courthouse is located at 974 E. Harrison St., Judicial Building, Brownsville, Texas 78520. 

Phone: (956) 550-1327 
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can use the Cameron County Public Portal to search for court hearings. To find information and pleadings in your case, create an account and use iDocket.

You can read How to E-File and the guide I want to electronically file (e-file) my documents to learn about E-Filing.  

You can also read more about E-Filing on the County Clerk's webpage.

Instructions & Forms

Honorable Arturo A. McDonald Jr. 

Cameron County Courthouse Judicial Building 
974 E. Harrison Street 
Brownsville, Texas 78520 

Phone: (956) 544-0855 
Fax: (956) 548-9542 

This information is current as of February 10, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Contact the court for information.

You can visit the County Court at Law No. 1's webpage for the most up-to-date information. You can also read the District Clerk’s Announcement page for information.

All civil cases should be filed into the County Courts in random order. All documents should be filed with the County Clerk’s office either in person or through e-FileTexas. Contact the County Clerk’s Office with any questions at (956) 544-0816 or Sylvia.Perez@co.cameron.tx.us.  

If you want to file in person, read 1.16(a) on page 10 of the Local Rules and follow the instructions.

For temporary orders, parties must contact the court coordinator for a date and time for the hearing before filing a motion requesting a hearing. Then, the party requesting the temporary order must serve notice of the date and time of the hearing. 

Parties can request a pre-trial hearing to resolve issues that will take up time during the trial. The court may grant a pre-trial hearing at its discretion. The court can also set a pre-trial hearing on its own. 

No hearings may be set with less than three days’ notice unless it includes a motion for emergency hearing. 

Any time after an answer is filed and, on the request, or motion of any party, or on the court’s own motion, the court coordinator may set a docket control conference with all parties to set the case for final trial or hearing.

Possibly. There may be accommodations for at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Contact the court coordinator for more information.

After the hearing is set, the court coordinator will contact all parties with information on the hearing including how to submit evidence.

Possibly. There may be accommodations for at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Contact the court coordinator for more information. 

Possibly. Contact the court coordinator with concerns. 

For questions about the court docket and civil or probate cases, contact Court Administrator Brenda Cantu at (956) 544-0855 or Brenda.Cantu@co.cameron.tx.us

For criminal cases, contact Court Coordinator Patricia Elola at Patricia.Elola@co.cameron.tx.us

For all inquiries regarding services, contact the Court Clerk Jose Treviño at jose.trevino@co.cameron.tx.us.

Honorable Laura L. Betancourt 

Cameron County Courthouse Judicial Building 
974 E. Harrison Street 
Brownsville, Texas 78520 

Phone: (956) 544-0856 
Fax: (956) 504-3678 

Watch County Court at Law No. 2’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of February 10, 2023. 

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. For jail cases only. Zoom. Yes. Contact the court for information.

You can visit the County Court at Law No. 2's webpage for the most up-to-date information. You can also read the District Clerk’s Announcement page for information.

All civil cases should be filed into the County Courts in random order. All documents should be filed with the County Clerk’s office either in person or through e-FileTexas. Contact the County Clerk’s Office with any questions at (956) 544-0816 or Sylvia.Perez@co.cameron.tx.us.  

If you want to file in person, read 1.16(a) on page 10 of the Local Rules and follow the instructions.

The court administrator or court coordinator will schedule hearings with the court for your case.

Possibly. There may be accommodations for at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Contact the court coordinator for more information.

All evidence must be e-filed before the hearing.

No. All jury trials are in person only.

No. If you are a survivor of family violence and would like to testify remotely, contact the court administrator or court coordinator to find out your options.

For civil cases, contact Court Administrator Perla Diaz at (956) 544-0856 or Perla.Diaz@co.cameron.tx.us.  

For criminal cases, contact Court Coordinator Karla Leal at Karla.Leal@co.cameron.tx.us.

Honorable David Gonzales III 

Cameron County Courthouse Judicial Building 
974 E. Harrison Street 
Brownsville, Texas 78520 

Phone: (956) 574-8136 
Fax: (956) 574-8140 

Watch County Court at Law No. 3’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of February 10, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Contact the court for information.

You can visit the County Court at Law No. 3's webpage for the most up-to-date information. You can also read the District Clerk’s Announcement page for information. 

As of February 10, 2023, all civil dockets are held on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Criminal dockets with noncustodial defendants on criminal dockets are held on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Criminal dockets with custodial defendants are held on Zoom at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.

All civil cases should be filed into the County Courts in random order. All documents should be filed with the County Clerk’s office either in person or through e-FileTexas. Contact the County Clerk’s Office with any questions at (956) 544-0816 or Sylvia.Perez@co.cameron.tx.us.  

If you want to file in person, read 1.16(a) on page 10 of the Local Rules and follow the instructions.

For temporary orders, parties must contact the court coordinator for a date and time for the hearing before filing a motion requesting a hearing. Then, the party requesting the temporary order must serve notice of the date and time of the hearing. 

Parties can request a pre-trial hearing to resolve issues that will take up time during the trial. The court may grant a pre-trial hearing at its discretion. The court can also set a pre-trial hearing on its own. 

No hearings may be set with less than three days’ notice unless it includes a motion for emergency hearing. 

Any time after an answer is filed and, on the request, or motion of any party, or on the court’s own motion, the court coordinator may set a docket control conference with all parties to set the case for final trial or hearing.

If your hearing is in person and you want it to be held virtually, you can file a motion requesting a virtual hearing. Contact the court coordinator for more information.

After the hearing is set, the court coordinator will contact all parties with information on the hearing including how to submit evidence.

Possibly. There may be accommodations for at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Contact the court coordinator for more information. 

Hearings are currently being held virtually. If your hearing is in person and you wish to testify remotely, contact the court coordinator for information on what you can do.

For civil cases, contact Court Coordinator Sandra Forno Cisneros at (956) 574-8136 or Sandra.Forno2@co.cameron.tx.us.  

For criminal cases, contact Court Administrator Nelly Sanchez NSanchez@co.cameron.tx.us.  

For all inquiries regarding services and criminal information email records coordinator Graciela Garcia at Graciela.Garcia01@co.cameron.tx.us.

Honorable Sheila Garcia Bence 

Cameron County Courthouse Judicial Building 
974 E. Harrison Street 
Brownsville, Texas 78520 

Phone: (956) 574-8116 

Watch County Court at Law No. 4’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of February 10, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Contact the court for information.

You can visit the County Court at Law No. 4's webpage for the most up-to-date information. You can also read the District Clerk’s Announcement page for information. 

On March 12, 2021, County Court at Law No. 4 issued its 3rd Updated Order for Remote Participation in Court Proceedings via Video Conferencing. You can also read the Zoom Instructions for Self-Represented Litigants for this court.

All civil cases should be filed into the County Courts in random order. All documents should be filed with the County Clerk’s office either in person or through e-FileTexas. Contact the County Clerk’s Office with any questions at (956) 544-0816 or Sylvia.Perez@co.cameron.tx.us.  

If you want to file in person, read 1.16(a) on page 10 of the Local Rules and follow the instructions.

For temporary orders, parties must contact the court coordinator for a date and time for the hearing before filing a motion requesting a hearing. Then, the party requesting the temporary order must serve notice of the date and time of the hearing. 

Parties can request a pre-trial hearing to resolve issues that will take up time during the trial. The court may grant a pre-trial hearing at its discretion. The court can also set a pre-trial hearing on its own. 

No hearings may be set with less than three days’ notice unless it includes a motion for emergency hearing. 

Any time after an answer is filed and, on the request, or motion of any party, or on the court’s own motion, the court coordinator may set a docket control conference with all parties to set the case for final trial or hearing.

If your hearing is in person and you want it to be held virtually, you can file a motion requesting a virtual hearing. Contact the court coordinator for more information.

After the hearing is set, the court coordinator will contact all parties with information on the hearing including how to submit evidence.

Possibly. There may be accommodations for at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Contact the court coordinator for more information. 

Hearings are currently being held virtually. If your hearing is in person and you wish to testify remotely, contact the court coordinator for information on what you can do.

For guardianship and civil cases, contact Court Coordinator Tanya Miracle at (956) 574-8116 or Tayna.Miracle@co.cameron.tx.us.  

For probate cases and small estate affidavits, contact Court Administrator Melissa Rocha King at MelissaR.King@co.cameron.tx.us.

Honorable Estela Chavez-Vasquez 

Cameron County Courthouse Judicial Building 
974 E. Harrison Street 
Brownsville, Texas 78520 

Phone: (956) 356-6567 

Watch County Court at Law No. 5’s court live stream on YouTube

This information is current as of February 10, 2023.

Checklist Steps

Is this court doing virtual hearings? What platform are they using? Are there any exceptions?
Yes. Zoom. Yes. Contact the court for information.

You can visit the County Court at Law No. 5's webpage for the most up-to-date information. You can also read the District Clerk’s Announcement page for information.

All civil cases should be filed into the County Courts in random order. All documents should be filed with the County Clerk’s office either in person or through e-FileTexas. Contact the County Clerk’s Office with any questions at (956) 544-0816 or Sylvia.Perez@co.cameron.tx.us.  

If you want to file in person, read 1.16(a) on page 10 of the Local Rules and follow the instructions.

For temporary orders, parties must contact the court coordinator for a date and time for the hearing before filing a motion requesting a hearing. Then, the party requesting the temporary order must serve notice of the date and time of the hearing. 

Parties can request a pre-trial hearing to resolve issues that will take up time during the trial. The court may grant a pre-trial hearing at its discretion. The court can also set a pre-trial hearing on its own. 

No hearings may be set with less than three days’ notice unless it includes a motion for emergency hearing. 

Any time after an answer is filed and, on the request, or motion of any party, or on the court’s own motion, the court coordinator may set a docket control conference with all parties to set the case for final trial or hearing.

If your hearing is in person and you want it to be held virtually, you can file a motion requesting a virtual hearing. Contact the court coordinator for more information.

After the hearing is set, the court coordinator will contact all parties with information on the hearing including how to submit evidence.

Possibly. There may be accommodations for at-risk or vulnerable individuals. Contact the court coordinator for more information. 

Most hearings are currently being held virtually. If your hearing is in person and you wish to testify remotely, contact the court coordinator for information on what you can do.

For civil cases, contact Court Administrator Monica Lopez at (956) 356-6568 or Monica.lopez3@co.cameron.tx.us.  

For criminal cases, contact Court Coordinator Cynthia Esparza at (956) 356-6569 or Cynthia.esparza@co.cameron.tx.us.  

For all inquiries regarding services and criminal information email court records coordinator Monica Rosendo at (956) 356-6567 or Monica.rosendo@co.cameron.tx.us.

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