Presiding Court

8:30 AM, 9:00 AM, & 2:00 PM

100 Dolorosa, Suite 1.09
1st Floor, Bexar County Courthouse
San Antonio, Texas 78205


If you have any questions regarding this guide, you may contact the Non-Jury Setting Clerk, at 210-335-2000.

Hearing Times & Requirements

The following guide is a quick outline of types of motions set on Bexar County's Presiding Court Centralized Docket System and is not intended to replace the Local Rules.

  • Pre-trial hearings will be scheduled and heard at 8:30 AM or  9:00 AM (see below for when each type of motion is heard).
    • Attorneys should bring to each 8:30 AM hearing a written order that sets forth relief anticipated.
    • All Non-evidentiary hearings are set at 8:30 AM or shall have noted an attempt to confer.
    • Non-jury Trials on the Merits and requests for Temporary Injunctions and Temporary Orders will be scheduled and heard at 9:00 AM.
    • All Evidentiary hearings are set at 9:00 AM.
  • Uncontested matters are heard at 8:15 AM and 1:15 PM. No setting required.
  • Three (3) days notice is required - weekends, legal & local holidays observed not included.

8:30 AM Presiding Court Motions

The following is a list of types of motions that are set in Presiding Court at 8:30 AM:

  • Compel
  • Substitution
  • Quash
  • Strike Witnesses/Experts
  • Revoke
  • Sanctions
  • Sever
  • Default Judgment
  • Motion for Leave
  • Motion Consolidate
  • Final Judgment
  • Friendly Suit
  • Leave to file
  • Any other Non-Evidentiary pre-trial motion that is subject to jurisdiction
  • Motion for Preparation of Social Study
  • Special Exceptions
  • Abatement
  • Summary Judgment (need at least 21 days notice)
  • Require Medical Examination
  • Special Appearance
  • Continuance (non-jury setting)
  • Withdrawal of Counsel
  • Abatement 
  • Summary Judgment (need at least 21 days notice)
  • Require Medical Examination
  • Special Appearance
  • Continuance (non-jury setting)
  • Withdrawal of Counsel
  • Notice of Appeal of Master's report
  • Non-Suit
  • Motion for substitution of Counsel
  • Stay proceedings
  • Enter order on Summary Judgment or assess to pre-trial motion that is subject set aside or assess for new trial (Exception - to jurisdiction goes back to Judge that heard matter unless Judge is not available, then set motion in presiding)
  • Confirmation of Arbitration
  • Motion to Disqualify

9:00 AM Presiding Court Motions

The following is a list of types of motions that are set in Presiding Court at 9:00 AM:

  • Temporary Order
  • Writ of Sequestration
  • Modification( 45 days notice)
  • To Transfer (45 days notice)
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus (no time limit)
  • Writ of Attachment (no time limit)
  • Contempt, Enforcement (at least 10 days notice or more)
  • Trial on the Merits (not less than 45 days notice -- except when agreed)
  • Bill of Review(at least 21 days notice)
  • Temporary Restraining Order (not less than 3 days notice/not more than 14 days notice (including weekends))
  • Foreclosure Sale
  • Motion for New Trial
  • Application for Expedited Foreclosure
  • Application for Approval of Transfer of Structured Settlement Payment Right
  • Motion for Extended Summer Visitation
  • Temporary Injunction
  • Transferring Adoption

2:00 PM Presiding Court Motions

The following is a list of types of motions that are set in Presiding Court at 2:00 PM:
  • Rule for Costs
  • Tax (Every other Wednesday (call clerk for exact date))
  • Expunction (Thursdays)

If you have any questions regarding this guide, you may contact the Non-Jury Setting Clerk, at 210-335-2000.