Let’s All Rise to the Challenge
This program was instituted in October of 2007 aimed at early intervention for teenagers at risk of drug addiction. Recovering teenagers or young adults who have gone through the court system are ordered to speak to students about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse. For more information on this program, please contact our Coordinator, Ms. Leticia Aye at (956) 523-4962.
Counseling Services Coordinator
As a means of addressing the various counseling needs of the participants in the Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Programs, a Counseling Services Coordinator was added to provide services such as group sessions and recovery assistance.
In order to maintain the sanctity of an adoption, Judge Hale decided to set aside a special day every month to celebrate all adoption proceedings.
Warrant Enforcement Division
A Warrant Enforcement Division was created to aid the Courts in enforcing arrest warrants and writs of attachments issued for those individuals who fail to appear in court.
The 406th District Court can provide facilities on-location in other cities via Remote Broadcasting. Magistrations, arraignments, and child victims’ testimony can take place before the Court through video conferencing without having to be physically present in the courtroom itself, saving the tax payers on transportation costs from the various state jail facilities and benefiting the child victims who can also testify before the Court in a remote location in a familiar setting and different environment elsewhere in the city.
Courts in Schools Program
The transformation of an auditorium or a gymnasium into a courtroom, complete with judge, lawyers, bailiff and defendant in order to provide a real-world lesson to students. Judge Hale offers the students a chance to ask questions of him or the defendant. This program was introduced in 2009 by Judge Hale to allow the students to see the true criminal justice system, unlike the crime sows on TV, in hope of attaining respect for it and also to realize the consequences of breaking the law.
Drug Court Program
The Drug Court program is a judicially supervised treatment program for adults who are charged with certain drug related crimes and who are facing criminal prosecution. The program offers non-traditional and individualized treatment for chemical dependency. The goal of the program is to eliminate the participant’s drug addiction and reduce the recidivism rate.
Thinking Positive for a Change Program
This program was created to assist the families who have experienced domestic violence by providing its abusive family members with special training in how to change their behavior by “thinking positive” for a change.
Veterans Treatment Program
The Veterans Treatment Program (VTP) is a voluntary three-phased program which may encompass 12 to 18 months in duration. However, compliance with VTP and treatment may be mandatory for individuals who are currently on probation. Initial treatment may vary from inpatient to outpatient services, and will depend on the individual’s most current clinical assessment. Participation will require payment of a $500 dollar program fee throughout treatment progression. The participant could earn weekly incentives that may be applied towards the fee.
Pro Se Divorce Docket
Where one can advocate to the court, on his/her own behalf, during the process of a divorce. Select the following link for more information and proper documentation: www.texaslawhelp.org
Social Justice Night Court (SJNC)
A joint project of the Webb County’s Board of Judges, the local Bar Associations, and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA). The purpose of the SJNC is to provide representation for indigent persons residing in Webb County who need assistance with uncontested legal matters. Judges in all four district courts cycle in and out of this position.