Lynn Ellison was sworn in Tuesday, September 3 as Atascosa County Court at Law Judge. The position, first discussed in a budget meeting last year, will have all the jurisdiction of the county court and concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases, family law and juvenile matters, probate matters and appeals from the justice and municipal court.
According to Ellison, all Atascosa County Court cases will eventually be handled by him, freeing up the position of county judge to address the administrative needs of the county.
“This is a good thing for our area. Our dockets at the county and district levels are growing because of the oil boom and population growth. We need to have another court,” said Ellison.
The position was created by the Texas Legislature. Both Senator Carlos Uresti and Representative Ryan Guillen introduced bills (Senate Bill 891 and House Bill 922), but it was passed under an omnibus bill, CSHB 3153 introduced by Representative Tryon D. Lewis, Chair, House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. This bill amends the Government Code to create a new county court at law in Atascosa County among many other changes in other districts and counties.
The Atascosa County Commissioners approved the creation of the court at the July 22 Commissioner’s Court meeting, appointing Ellison at the same time.
Ellison received his B.A. from Tulane University and his Juris Doctor from University of Texas School of Law.
“I feel very privileged to be the first judge at the County Court at Law,” said Ellison.