Specialty Court (Austin, TX)

Downtown Austin Community Court

At A Glance

Jurisdiction: Austin, Texas 

Program Intercept Point: Specialty Court  

Population Served: Misdemeanor defendants experiencing homelessness and presenting with co-occurring issues related to physical and mental health and substance misuse 

Program Summary

The Downtown Austin Community Court is a restorative justice and problem-solving court that has been operational for 23 years. Its services focus on alternative resolutions, using case management and intensive wraparound services to help defendants with misdemeanors (and others in the community) experiencing homelessness.

Downtown Austin Community Court

Program Highlights

  • Resolves Class C criminal offenses (excluding code, traffic, and environmental offenses) within downtown Austin, part of east Austin, and the west campus area of the University of Texas at Austin.  
  • Resolves cases citywide related to local Proposition B and a statewide camping ban, in an effort to connect people experiencing homelessness to case management and the Downtown Austin Community Court’s array of social service supports.  
  • Program and services include:  
    • Clinical diversion program  
    • Intensive case management  
    • Walk-in case management  
    • Storage program for people experiencing homelessness  
    • Austin Homelessness Advisory Council  
    • Homeless Outreach Street Team  

Website: Austin, Texas Community Court 


Robert Kingham
Interim Court Administrator,
Downtown Austin Community Court,
(512) 974-1394

Laura Williamson
Business Process Consultant
(512) 974-1233