Office of the Staff Attorney
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, 2nd Floor Suite 2.16
San Antonio, TX 78205
The Staff Attorney is NOT your attorney and does not represent you as such.
The Staff Attorney does NOT give legal advice.
The Staff Attorney does NOT help you complete documents you intend to present to the court.
PRO SE Hearing Guidelines:
In order for you to set a date for your case to be heard by a judge, you must have your documents reviewed by the Office of the Staff Attorney for the Bexar County Civil District Courts. You may arrange for this by visiting their office at 100 Dolorosa St., Suite 2.16, San Antonio, Texas 78205. The review process is NOT a guarantee of any kind of relief and does NOT mean that you will see a judge on that same day. The Staff Attorney’s Office will review the paperwork for legal sufficiency and then set you with a court date, when ready. It is your responsibility to be present at the courthouse on the day set for your hearing. Please note that this review will involve a substantial wait period.
You may only be heard on this docket if your matter is uncontested. Your matter is uncontested if the other party has not filed a response of any kind or has not objected to your motion in writing. Once the other party files an answer or otherwise objects to your motion in writing, your matter is contested and you will have to set a date for a hearing on the contested docket on your own. It is your responsibility to send notice of any hearing to the opposing party or attorney.
The Staff Attorney is NOT your attorney and does not represent you as such. Your setting will be dropped if you are not present at 2:00 p.m. (by the Court’s clock, not your own) on the date of your hearing. If you are late or fail to appear on this date, you will have to reschedule. Please be aware that by not appearing on the date set for your hearing, your matter may be delayed for several months.
The uncontested docket is called at 2:00 p.m. in the Presiding Court, located in room 109 on the first floor of the Bexar County Civil Courthouse. You must appear in the courtroom before 2:00 p.m. with all the necessary documents. You will be responsible for providing the court with the documents required to complete your legal matter (this includes any Orders or Decrees). You are responsible for the content and structure of all documents filed with the clerk or presented to a judge for signature. We do not provide documents for you. We do NOT help you complete documents you intend to present to the court.
You must dress appropriately for the courtroom. If you are not dressed appropriately, you will not be seen by the Judge. NO tank tops, spaghetti straps, shorts, flip-flops, sandals, ripped or torn jeans, hats, revealing dress, clothing with obscene phrases or pictures or overly soiled clothing will NOT be allowed in the courtroom. Also, all cellular phones and pages must be TURNED OFF prior to entering the courtroom and newspapers, food, drink or gum are NOT allowed.
You may hire an attorney to represent you, or if you meet certain requirements, you may be entitled to free counsel provided by a charitable organization. By choosing to voluntarily represent yourself, you are now proceeding PRO SE.
You will receive no special favors, assistance, or advice from the judge, judicial staff, or clerks as they cannot and do not represent either party in the litigation. You will be expected to comply with all relevant rules of procedural, evidentiary, and substantive law. The filing and service fees are NOT REFUNDABLE under any circumstance.
DUE TO RECENT DEVELOPMENTS WITH COVID-19, THE STAFF ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PUBLIC OFFICE HOURS*:
8:00-11:45 am & 1:00-4:45 pm CLOSED
8:00-11:45 am only CLOSED
8:00-11:45am & 1:00-4:45 pm CLOSED
*Please note – the Staff Attorney’s Office reserves the right to change the Public Office Hours subject to office workload and will often have to close early to the public due to reaching capacity.
The Office is available M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., to assist attorneys on behalf of the Court.*