Welcome to the Travis County

Model Court for Children and Families

Helping families heal and supporting permanency for children while upholding practices for a more equitable child welfare system.

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Model Court

The Travis County Model Court for Children and Families is a multidisciplinary community initiative started in September, 2008, to help facilitate systemic improvement of the court and child welfare systems.  The work of this Model Court is focused on promoting successful outcomes for children and families in Travis County who are involved in civil suits filed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a result of findings of child abuse and neglect.  This Model Court is part of a national network of similar model courts.  It is supported by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, which provides organizational support and technical assistance.

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Honorable Aurora Martinez Jones

126th District Court Judge

Judge Martinez Jones was elected to the 126th District Court on November 3, 2020. As a District Judge, she is responsible for the oversight and administration of all Travis County Termination of Parental Rights civil lawsuits filed by the Travis County District Attorney's Office on behalf of the Child Protective Services division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Prior to being elected to the District Court bench, Judge Martinez Jones was an Associate Judge in Travis County presiding over dockets involving Child Protective Services. 

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Honorable Leigh Mathews Rodriguez

Associate Judge

Judge Leigh Mathews Rodriguez was appointed as  an Associate Judge on January 4, 2021 by the Travis County District Judges. As an Associate Judge, her bench is dedicated to Travis County Termination of Parental Rights civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the Child Protective Services division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She is responsible for presiding over the cases assigned to her and working closely with Judge Martinez Jones to support the administration of the dockets. 

Court Calendar

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

All Travis County CPS hearings are occurring remotely, effective March 13, 2020. 

November 11, 2021 is a holiday observed by Travis County and there will be no court hearings

November 25-26, 2021 is a holiday observed by Travis County and there will be no court hearings

Contacting 126th District Court:

1000 Guadalupe Street

Austin, Texas 78701

126th District Courtroom- 4th Floor

Room 436 

Judicial Executive Assistant: 

April Morton

April.Morton@traviscountytx.gov

(512) 854-5965

Contacting Associate Court:

1000 Guadalupe Street

Austin, Texas 78701

Associate Courtroom- 1st Floor

Room 121 

Judicial Executive Assistant: 

Felice Garcia

Felice.Garcia@traviscountytx.gov

(512) 854-9870