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Where do I go to Court?

McLennan County Courthouse

It depends on the type of offense that you are charged with

Misdemeanor cases are tried in County Courts at Law #1 and #2. Felony cases are tried in 19th District and 54th District Courts. All courts are located in the McLennan County Courthouse at 501 Washington Avenue in Waco.

When we send you notice of your court date, we’ll let you know which court to go to. You can also sign up for text alerts for your convenience, to make it easy to remember the correct time and location. Call us for any further questions.

County Court at Law # 1
Honorable Mike Freeman
501 Washington Ave.
Waco, Texas 76701
County Court at Law # 2
Honorable Bradley Cates
501 Washington Ave.
Waco, Texas 76701
19th District Court
Honorable Ralph Strother
501 Washington Ave.
Waco, Texas 76701
54th District Court
Honorable Matt Johnson
501 Washington Ave.
Waco, Texas 76701

Tips to Get the Best Outcome at Your Court Date

  • Be on time. Make sure you know exactly where you are going and give yourself plenty of time. It’s better to arrive early than late. If you are late, you will probably have to reappear at a later date, and the whole process will take much longer than necessary.
  • Be respectful. When you speak to the judge, call him “Your Honor.”
  • Listen carefully. When your name is called, you must answer, even if it’s mispronounced. Listen carefully to all the questions you’re asked, and make sure you understand the steps that will be taken.
  • Be quiet until you’re asked to speak. In the courtroom, only speak when you’re spoken to. Don’t be noisy or distracting. Do not eat, listen to music, read a newspaper, answer your phone, take pictures, or speak out of turn.
  • Stay calm. During the hearing, you must refrain from arguing or interrupting another person and control your emotions.
  • Dress appropriately. The courtroom is a formal environment, so you need to dress like you’re going to a job interview or church. You want to show the judge that you’re respectful and professional. If you dress inappropriately, you may be asked to leave the courtroom. Clothes should be clean, well-fitting, and modest.
    • Men: Wear long pants—NO SHORTS—with a collared shirt (tucked in). Wear shoes with socks. A belt and tie are preferred, but not required.
    • Women: Wear a dress, skirt, or long pants; a dress shirt or sweater, and shoes. Dresses and skirts should be two inches above the knee at the shortest.