Travis County Courthouse

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (left) accepts the deed for the Austin Federal Courthouse, where the county intends to move its probate courts and county clerk services, she said.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (left) accepts the deed for the Austin Federal Courthouse, where the county intends to move its probate courts and county clerk services, she said.

WHAT WE REPORTED  Throughout 2016, the Travis County Commissioners Court and a citizens advisory committee established in February examined ways to provide additional civil and family courts capacity following voters’ rejection in 2015 of a bond proposal to build a new courthouse in Austin. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt accepted the deed to the historic Austin Federal Courthouse at 200 W. Eighth St. in Austin on Dec. 29.


THE LATEST Probate court services will move to the federal courthouse, which Eckhardt said will relieve some of the pressure on the courts system but will not solve overcrowding issues. The county is examining other properties it owns and is working with the citizen group to determine the next steps.


WHAT’S NEXT The court will hear from the  project team in late January with an update as well as from real estate firm CBRE in mid-February on efforts to secure a new site and an update on how to move forward with the county’s 308 Guadalupe St. block. More details on the Travis County Civil & Family Courts Capacity project are posted at www.traviscountytx.gov/cfcc. 



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