Texas Counties Deliver

San Patricio County Court At Law

Honorable Elizabeth Welborn, Judge Presiding

***The County Court at Law Judge cannot give legal advice and nothing on this web site is intended to be legal advice.***

The Texas Constitution provides that each county shall have only one County Court.  Therefore, the State Legislature has created Statutory County Courts At Law to assist counties with their judicial functions and responsibilities. 

The San Patricio County Court at Law was created at the request of San Patricio County by the Texas Legislature in 1989. The first presiding judge was sworn into office on January 1, 1990.  The Honorable Michael E. Welborn was the first presiding judge of the County Court at Law and the judge responsible for creating the foundations on which the Court functions today. The Honorable Michael E. Welborn served from January 1990 to December 2002. The Honorable Richard Hatch III served from January  2003 to December 2012.  The Honorable Patrick Flanigan served from January 2013 to December 2014. The Honorable Elizabeth Welborn is the current judge presiding, and began her service on January 1, 2015.


The San Patricio County Court at Law is a general jurisdiction Court. The Court has jurisdiction over the following cases, and information specific to each may be found on the links below:

  • Misdemeanor Criminal Cases
  • Civil Cases up to $ 250,000 * (*actual damage excluding recovery of:  interest, statutory and punitive damages and penalties, attorney fees and cost)
  • Probates
  • Guardianships
  • Juvenile Cases
  • Appeals from Justice of the Peace Courts and Municipal Courts
  • Occupational Driver's License
  • Mental Commitments
  • Condemnation Proceedings


Contact with the Court:

The Code of Judicial Conduct provides that…

“ A Judge … shall not directly or indirectly initiate, permit, nor consider ex parte or other private communications concerning the merits of a pending or impending judicial proceeding.  A Judge shall require compliance with this subsection by court personnel subject to his or her direction and control…” Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 3, Section A (5)

The Court and the Staff of the San Patricio County Court at Law is available to help resolve any appropriate controversy, subject to the laws, rules, and procedures which govern our conduct.

All ex parte communications from litigants sent to the Court in writing will be filed of record in the cause they are pertaining to and copies provided to all parties of record.

Simple inquiries regarding cases must be sent to the Court in writing and directed to email: sanpatricioccal@gmail.com or fax transmission 361-364-9425

  • February 15, 2021

    San Patricio County Court at Law - Honorable Elizabeth Welborn

    For Immediate Release – February 15, 2021

    Sinton – Judge Welborn has announced that due to the extreme weather in Texas this week the San Patricio County Court at Law will NOT have Court.  All currently scheduled matters set between February 15, 2021 – February 19, 2021 will be reset. Notices with new court dates will be mailed to all Attorneys and Defendants. For questions about your court date please contact the court at 361-364-9325