Municipal Court Judge

City of San Antonio 

Job Summary

The City of San Antonio Municipal Court is now accepting applications for full-time Municipal Court Judge.  While various hours can be required based on court schedule, the standard hours for this position will be during the overnight shift of 10:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. performing the duties of a magistrate as enumerated in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 15.17.  Appointments are for the remainder of unexpired two year terms, expiring April 30, 2020.

Compensation for this position is set by City Council. Applications will be accepted through 8/16/19.

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Essential Job Functions

Judges are responsible for the following:

Presiding over jury trials, non-jury trials, and plea hearings

Administering oaths and affirmations, including oaths to jurors and to persons filing complaints with the court

Granting continuances in cases where sufficient cause is shown that a case should be postponed

Ruling on motions for new trials

Entering the proceedings of each trial in the judge’s docket

Assessing punishment for contempt of court charges

Conducting driver’s license suspension hearings under the Safety Responsibility Act

Setting bail in misdemeanor and felony cases

Issuing search warrants

Issuing summons’ and arrest warrants in cases filed in Municipal Court

Issuing Fugitive Warrants and Mental Health Warnings

Granting Emergency Protective Orders, Motor Vehicle Ignition Interlock Orders, Hold-Over Orders, and magistrating prisoners before commitment to the Bexar County Adult Detention Center

Reviewing probable cause affidavits and search warrants for all ranges of criminal offenses

Job Requirements

United States citizenship

Licensed attorney in good standing

Two (2) or more years of experience practicing law in Texas

Three (3) or more years of residency in the City of San Antonio immediately preceding appointment date

Applicants for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following will result in being disqualified for this position: Felony Convictions, Felony Deferred Adjudication, Class A & B Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication, Class B Misdemeanor Convictions, an Open Arrest for Any Criminal Offense (Felony or Misdemeanor), and Family Violence Convictions.SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS – the following items must be attached to your online application:

Completed and Notarized Application Authorizations document (2 pages)

Completed Municipal Court Judge Application Supplemental Questionnaire (5 pages)

Completed and signed Municipal Court Judge Background Check Authorization Form (Download PDF reader) (1 page)

Resume outlining current and relevant experience and credentials
The Authorizations document, Background Check Authorization Form, and Supplemental Questionnaire can be accessed and downloaded at  Notarization of the Authorization documents must be completed prior to attaching to your online application.