Associate Magistrate

Job TitleAssociate MagistrateJob Number20220225
Department HeadDistrict CourtDate OpenNovember 4,2022
Salary Range Minimum$7,816.58-$11,724.87MonthlyApplication DeadlineUntil Filled

In order to be considered for employment with Hays County submit the following documents:

• Hays County Application                 • Cover Letter                      • Resume

Find Hays County Employment Applications at:

• Hays County website –

Education and/or Experience

To qualify for appointment as an associate judge, a person must:

  • Be a resident of Hays County.
  •  Licensed to practice law in Texas for at least four years.
  • Not have been removed from office by impeachment by the supreme court, by the governor on address to the legislature, by a tribunal reviewing a recommendation of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, or by the legislature’s abolition of the judge’s court.
  • Not have resigned from office after having received notice that formal proceedings by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct had been instituted as provided by Section 33.022 and final disposition of the proceedings.


  • Reviewing pertinent paperwork for persons arrested in Hays County to confirm sufficient probable cause for arrest and incarceration.
  •  Perform magistrate duties as set forth in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 15.17, including but not limited to: Setting bail; Issue/Review bond conditions; Issuing/Modifying Emergency Protective Orders; and Conduct examining trials.
  • Review/Issue blood search warrants as set forth in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 18.01.
  • Review mental health histories and jail intake information to determine need for a mental health assessment as set forth in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 16.22.
  • Assure proper application of all aspects of the Texas Indigent Defense Act together with related statutes, laws and the Hays County Indigent Defense Plan. May be required to provide backup support for the Indigent Defense Coordinator.• Any other duties as determined by the Board of Judges/District Court Administrator.


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, include the responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics listed below. This list of responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Under general supervision of the District Court Administrator, performs a wide variety of magistration duties for the District Courts and County Courts at Law of Hays County.

Hays County is an EEO employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hays County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of background checks, including reference checks, criminal history, and driver’s license checks and driving history.