A bench warrant is a form of attachment as provided
for in Article 24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. General rules exist in the Code but the details of obtaining a bench
warrant are not included. This page provides general guidance on obtaining a bench warrant in both counties of the 506th
Judicial District Court.
Except on the Court's
own motion, a bench warrant will be issued only after application by the requesting party. An Application for Bench Warrant
is a pleading. As such a copy is to be filed on opposing counsel in accordance with the Rules. Preparation of the application
is the responsibility of the requesting party or counsel, including attorneys for the State.
The Application for Bench Warrant and the Bench Warrant itself shall contain the
correct name of the inmate or defendant, the person's location, date of birth (and TDCJ number if applicable), and
the date the person is required to be in court. In the event counsel needs the person in the County Jail prior to court for
interview or coordination, the date the person is requested to be in the county jail should be included on the Application
as the return date.
The requesting party shall
prepare both the Application for Bench Warrant and the Bench Warrant itself. A sample form will be provided on request. On
filing of an Application for Bench Warrant with the District Clerk, the District Clerk will file and certify the bench warrant
itself and present same to the Court for signature. If the requesting party wishes to deliver the bench warrant directly to
the Court for signature, please coordinate the date and time of presentment with the Court Coordinator. Once the bench warrant
is signed by the Court, the original must be filed with the Clerk for preparation and delivery to the proper authorities.
Requesting parties should allow at least ten days
lead time for issuance of the bench warrant for inmates being brought in from TDCJ facilities. Further, the requesting party
should advise the Jail Administrator of any special needs or requirements the inmate may have on arrival at the county jail.