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Galveston Courthouses

Last updated: June 19, 2023

As the transportation and tourism gateway to the Caribbean, Galveston combines the best of the American South and the Gulf of Mexico. A hubbub of activity for such a small city, the Galveston port regularly sends off cruise liners and shipping boats alike. Idyllic as such scenes may appear to be, our town’s residents may nevertheless find themselves facing a day in court, even if just for jury duty.

The Texas judicial system consists of three trial-level layers: municipal court, county court and district court. Municipal Courts are the smallest and handle traffic, parking or ordinance violations. County Court and District Court are both housed in the same building in Galveston, the County Justice Center. Additionally, Galveston has a specialized Juvenile Court. Knowing which court is appropriate for your particular legal matter is critical to your success, so here is a guide to some of the key courthouses in Galveston.

State Courts

  • Galveston County Justice Center

    600 59th St.
    TX 77551

    Tel: (409) 770-5230

    The Galveston County Justice Center handles a wide variety of civil and criminal law matters. This structure houses the small-time County Courts, the big-time District Courts, Family Court and Probate Court all in one building. The County Court will typically handle civil lawsuits worth up to $10,000 and criminal misdemeanors, while the District Court will handle larger lawsuits and felony criminal violations. Check out their law library in Suite 1600 to learn about your specific issue, or browse their list of online forms to select the right one. If you have any doubt about which court is appropriate for you, the County Justice Center is a good place to start.

  • Galveston County Juvenile Justice Center

    6101 Attwater Ave.
    Texas City,
    TX 77539

    Tel: (409) 770-5900

    The Juvenile Justice Center deals with minors who commit criminal acts and minors who have suffered abuse or neglect. Juvenile Justice is aimed more at rehabilitating children instead of punishing them, so be sure to speak with the judge and prosecutor about educational outreach programs as an alternative to Juvi Hall.

  • Galveston Municipal Court

    601 54th St.
    Suite 300

    TX 77551

    Tel: (409) 765-3740

    The Galveston Municipal Court handles traffic infractions, parking violations and other minor violations of Galveston city ordinances (think: noise complaints, zoning violations). Instead of wasting time waiting in line, pay your traffic and parking tickets online instead.

  • Texas City Municipal Court

    1004 9th Ave., North
    Texas City,
    TX 77590

    Tel: (409) 643-5800

    Like the Galveston Municipal Court, the Texas City Municipal Court handles city ordinance and minor criminal violations. Texas City does not have a “pay online” option, so you must pay your tickets in person or by mailing the payment to the court.

Federal Courts

  • U.S. Post Office and Courthouse

    601 Rosenberg
    Room 411

    TX 77550

    Tel: (409) 766-3530

    The Galveston Division of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas meets in the same building that holds the Post Office. The Southern District of Texas lay within the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has appellate jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. This court only handles matters of federal law at the trial level.

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