Downtown Community Court

Community Court

*** DACC - CoronaVirus Information ***

 

DACC Intensive Case Management Program

The Downtown Austin Community Court (DACC) will remain open for social services only. DACC court and community service operations will reopen along with the Austin Municipal Court schedule. DACC’s intensive and triage case managers continue to be available to individuals experiencing homelessness.  Controlled access to the DACC facility is being implemented in order to meet social distancing recommendations of Austin Public Health.  You may experience longer wait times while controlled access is in place.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Temporary Business Location* 

Terrazas  Library           

1105 E. Cesar Chavez St.   

512-974-4879       

* DACC will maintain triage case management services at Terrazas Branch Library until the Libraries reopen to the public

 

Open regular business hours*   

Monday through Friday                           

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.              

 *Hours subject to change               

DACC will be closed and case management services will not be available on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents Day. Services will resume at 8:00 am on Tuesday, February 16th.  

                                                                   

DACC Community Service Program

In recognition of current public health concerns for transmission of Coronavirus, DACC Community Service Program will not be operating from Sunday, March 15, 2020 through Sunday, May 2, 2021

Contact DACC at 512-974-4879 if you need an extension of time to complete your court ordered community service.

DACC Community Service Program is currently scheduled to resume after Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 7:30 am.

 

DACC Court Operations

In recognition of current public health concerns for transmission of Covid-19, all court dockets are cancelled.

Cases that are set on dockets will be rescheduled on or after May 3, 2021; defendants will be notified by mail of their new court date. Defendants may still contact the Court online, by email and by phone to get information and handle their cases; many options are available that do not require a personal appearance.

All due dates on pending cases will be extended until May 3, 2021. These include:

Initial appearance dates (as indicated on citation)

Payment dates (payment plans, extensions, etc.)

Deferral dates (extensions, etc.)

Community Service (extensions, etc.)

DACC Class C warrant execution is temporarily suspended

All defendants are encouraged to contact the Court online, by email or by phone in lieu of making personal appearances to take care of their court business. We are experiencing longer than normal processing times for email and regular mail correspondence.

Virtual Dockets

If you want to see a judge regarding your case before the Court reopens, we now have virtual dockets available online. To see more information and request an appearance, please review the Virtual Court Services Guidelines .

If you live out of town and would like to contact a prosecutor regarding your case, please email DACCProsecutor@austintexas.gov

To view the virtual courtroom you can go to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2oDINOYXL_QuOMRgOyJZEQ

For more information on DACC, please call 512-974-4879; http://www.austintexas.gov/department/community-court

 

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What is Community Court?

The purpose of the Downtown Austin Community Court is to administer justice equitably and compassionately to foster trust and accountability, and to utilize a client-centered and housing-focused intensive case management model to help individuals experiencing homelessness achieve long-term stability.

 

DACC is contributing to the accountability, fairness, equity, impartiality, and transparency of justice processes for residents that engage with the Community Court.  DACC works to expedite court cases by offering alternative forms of adjudication in lieu of monetary penalties, for those not able to pay, in order to avoid incarceration or additional penalties.  For individuals experiencing homelessness, these alternative forms of adjudication can include participating in Intensive Case Management Services to obtain identification documentation, sign up for public benefits they qualify for, complete a Coordinated Assessment, and/or participate in social services that meet their needs. 

Outside of the court processes, DACC also assists individuals experiencing homelessness who request assistance, and DACC accepts referrals coming directly from the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) for individuals in need of ongoing case management and support.  DACC seeks to build strong partnerships with community stakeholders in order to meet the needs of its priority population while also collaborating with the individuals it serves and utilizing their perspectives in ongoing program and service improvements.

 

Who We Are

Profiles of the Community Court staff, dedicated to improving lives.

Please feel free to contact us during our normal hours of operation, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mission Statement

Downtown Austin Community Court Case Management aims to end homelessness by providing comprehensive, long term services to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Vision Statement

Promoting success through creative solutions.

 

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