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130th Judicial District Court of Texas

1700 7th Street, Room 317
Bay City TX 77414
Phone: (979) 244-7635



Contact Information

Bonnie Carlin, Court Coordinator

Kaye Rollins, Official Court Reporter
Zoom Hearing Schedule - Scroll to bottom of the page

About Judge Craig Estlinbaum

Judge Craig Estlinbaum has served as judge for the 130th Judicial District Court since January 1, 2001. He was born and raised in Matagorda County and attended Bay City High School. He earned bachelors and masters degrees from Texas A&M University and later graduated with honors from South Texas College of Law.  Prior to taking office, Judge Estlinbaum worked for Rothfelder & Falick, L.L.P., in Houston and had his own solo practice in Bay City.

In addition to serving on the bench, Judge Estlinbaum has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law since 2004. Judge Estlinbaum has also made legal and judicial education presentations for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Center for the Judiciary, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, St. Mary's Law Review and local bar associations. His articles have appeared in the St. Mary's Journal of Legal Malpractice & Ethics, South Texas Law Review and other publications. These articles can be found here.

COVID-19 Pandemic Information

The following orders are in effect relating to the COVID-19. Texas Governor Greg Abbot has issued a series of executive orders relating to the pandemic. The Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals have issued to date nineteen COVID-related emergency orders relating to practice in Texas Courts. The 130th District Court endeavors to comply with these orders. If there is any conflict between these instructions and the referenced orders, the orders control. Until the orders are lifted or modified, the following procedures will control:

I. Procedures for Cases & Hearings

1. To obtain a live court or Zoom hearing, contact Bonnie Carlin at the email address at the top of this page. Essential matters may be heard live. Non-essential matters may be heard live or via Zoom at the requesting party's choice. Parties may file any motions relating to any setting. Check the county's home page for screening information relating to entering the county courthouse.  Essential matters may be heard by the court while orders are in effect and include:

Texas Family Code, Title 4 (protective orders, family violence);
Texas Family Code, Chapter 157, Sub-chapter H (Habeas Corpus and writs of attachment);
Texas Family Code, Title 5 (CPS);
Texas Family Code, Chapter 33 (Judicial Bypass);
Enforcement under Texas Family Code, Section 157 if respondent is in custody;
Any suit with a jurisdictional deadline;
Other matters that may be designated "essential" by the court at its discretion.

2. Parties requesting a Zoom hearing (see below) for an essential matter must schedule the date at a time and date certain with the court's consent. Be prepared to state your hearing's length and the number of witnesses. Typically, the hearing must be scheduled 3 working days in advance of the hearing so that all notices and preparations may occur.

3. LIVE HEARINGS are subject to the court's capacity limitations set by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals orders. Those same orders requires all persons in the court to (a) wear a face covering over the nose and mouth or (b) maintain a distance of no less than 6 feet from all other persons in the courtroom at all times whether the other person is wearing a face covering or not.

4. If you have your hearing (including criminal pleas) by Zoom, you must have all preliminary matters resolved before the hearing starts. Whereas during pre-pandemic dockets, you may take time after docket call to negotiate, review plea papers, etc., under these protocols, the time and date for the  Zoom hearing is when the hearing will begin. If the parties are not ready, the case must be reset.

II. Court Appearances - Zoom

1. To support social distancing guidance and prevent unnecessary spread, the court will utilize Zoom.com, a video conferencing platform to conduct hearings. DO NOT SHOW UP AT THE COURTHOUSE EXPECTING BUSINESS AS USUAL WHILE ORDERS TO THE CONTRARY ARE IN EFFECT. Attorneys and litigants are encouraged to set hearing via Zoom when practical.

2. To appear by Zoom, you must have a computer (e.g., desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone) with a camera and microphone. You must have a functional internet connection.

3. No later than 3-4 hours before the hearing time and date you will receive email instructions for accessing the Zoom hearing. There is a ton of information online about how to use Zoom - This is a link to the Zoom help center to get you started should you be unfamiliar with the platform.

4. When you join the hearing you will be in the Waiting Room and will only be able to enter the courtroom when the Judge brings you in. Like the courtroom, only litigants and their attorneys will be invited into the virtual courtroom or "inside the rail." The court can see that you are in the Waiting Room, do not notify the court or the coordinator that you are there. It is possible you will have to wait in the Waiting Room until an earlier scheduled hearing is completed.

5. Attorneys and litigants using Zoom may be dressed in business casual attire and must be dressed appropriately. All rules and regulations relating to court proceedings remain in effect. All participants must be in a location free of interruption or background noise. All persons appearing must be identified on the screen by their real name, not a nickname (e.g., "iphone" or "rivergrrrl.98") to be allowed into virtual courtroom. You must communicate these matters to your client and witnesses.

6. Zoom allows only one person to talk at a time. If the rule in invoked, non-testifying witnesses will be placed in the Waiting Room. If an attorney needs to talk to her client, she can request a private breakout room where they cannot be seen or heard by others.

7. Be aware that having two devices operating Zoom in close proximity will result in feedback. One should be muted.

8. The judge, court reporter and clerk will be in the courtroom for all Zoom proceedings. Court proceedings are open to the public, subject to any state or local order.

9. All exhibits must be pre-marked, exchanged (meaning, actually received) and filed with the court at least 24 hours before the hearing is scheduled to begin. To avoid making exhibits that may not be admitted part of the record, email the exhibits directly to Ms. Carlin. Be sure to identify the email's purpose.

10. NO PERSON MY MAKE ANY AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF ANY COURT PROCEEDING. THIS PROHIBITION IS ENFORCEABLE BY CONTEMPT OF COURT AND IS PUNISHABLE BY A $500 FINE, JAIL FOR UP TO 180 DAYS OR BOTH FINE AND CONFINEMENT. THE COURT REPORTER

11. If a criminal defendant has a setting, the defendant must sign a reset prior to the setting or a warrant will issue. Typically, warrants are held 2 working days to give the defendant the opportunity to appear before being released to the Sheriff.

12. An attorney's Zoom use is not restricted to court hearings. Consider using Zoom or other similar platforms to conduct meetings with clients, mediations, telework and other matters. The State Bar of Texas has further information about Zoom accounts for attorneys, but by all means, choose the platform that works best for your purposes.

III. Special Circumstances

1. Prove-Up Divorces. Divorces may be obtained via Zoom or by submitting sworn testimony.

2. Rule 11 Agreements. Cases may be reset by Rule 11 agreement into May or June. Obtain an available date from Ms. Carlin and file the agreement as usual.

3. Temporary Hearings. Explore a resolution to control the case until a hearing in the courtroom can be held. If the hearing cannot be resolved, at a minimum work to narrow the issues. The court will confer with the attorneys by telephone prior to setting a Zoom hearing.

4. Possession Schedules. Family law attorneys should be familiar with all Texas Supreme Court orders relating to possession schedules. See the link above for those orders.

5. Jury Trials. All jury trials in the 130th Judicial District Court to May 8th are cancelled and will be reset by the court. In criminal cases, attorneys should contact the D.A. to reach agreement on new trial and pre-trial dates and obtain & file the defendant's signature on the reset order.

IV. Zoom Hearing Schedule

Thursday, April 30
10:00 a.m., 20-130-097, State of Texas v. Melody S. Schaefer (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 19-130-353, State of Texas v. Tiffany Bryan (bond reduction)

Monday, May 4

Tuesday, May 5
10:00 a.m., 20-E-0132, MBP, a child (Adoption)
10:30 a.m., 17-E-0540, ITIO K.H.S., et al. (Motion to Quash)
11:30 a.m., 20-E-0119, TDFPS v. Monika Cambray, et al. (Motion to Participate)  

Thursday, May 7
10:00 a.m., 20-130-090, State of Texas v. Christopher Sykes (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-098, State of Texas v. Robert Sanders (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-099, State of Texas v. Robert Sanders (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 19-130-346, State of Texas v. Edward Villarreal (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 19-087, State of Texas v. Jonathan Lopez (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-080, State of Texas v. Clay Hamlyn (Plea)

11:00 a.m., CASA Swearing In

11:30 a.m., 16-209, State of Texas v. Kelvin Walton (Plea)
11:30 a.m., 16-210, State of Texas v. Kelvin Walton (Plea)
11:30 a.m., 16-217, State of Texas v. Kelvin Walton (Plea) 

Thursday, May 14
10:00 a.m., 20-130-100, State of Texas v. Jaeden Seaberry (Plea) 

Tuesday, May 19
1:00 p.m., 17-E-0540, ITIO K.H.S., et al. (Temporary Orders Hearing)  

Wednesday, May 20
1:00 p.m., 18-273, State of Texas v. Scott Koch (Plea)
1:00 p.m., 17-201, State of Texas v. Joey Rene Frausto (Adjudicate)

Thursday, May 21
10:00 a.m., 20-130-031, State of Texas v. Christopher Austin (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 18-238, State of Texas v. Hailey Miller (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 19-008, State of Texas v. Hailey Miller (Plea)

Friday, May 22
10:00 a.m., 17-E-0540, ITIO K.H.S., et al. (Counsel Update) 

Tuesday, May 26

Thursday, May 28
10:00 a.m., 20-E-0034, St of Tx for Protection of Michelle Barineau v. James Edward McGee (App for Protective Order) 
PASS 11:30 a.m., 19-E-0722, Randy Adams v. Brand Energy Solutions (Motion for Leave) 

Tuesday, June 2
PASS 10:00 a.m., 20-E-0217, ITMO Victoria Barron and Enrique Barron (TRO)  
11:00 a.m., 20-E-0168, In Re:  Park Grove, LLC (Transfer of Structured Settlement) 

Thursday, June 4
1:00 p.m., 19-E-0646, ITIO J.V.H.P., Child (Default Hearing)

Thursday, June 11
1:30 p.m., 20-E-0241, ITIO L.A.R., et al., Children (Adoption)
1:30 p.m., 20-H-0259, ITIO L.A.R., Jr., An Adult (Adoption) 

Tuesday, June 16
10:00 a.m., 19-E-0231, ITMO Roy Glaze and Amy Glaze (Motion to withdraw) 

10:30 a.m., 19-E-0652, ITIO S.A.J.G., Child (Motion to Withdraw) 

PASS 1:30 p.m., 20-E-0217, ITMO Victoria Barron and Enrique Barron (TRO) 

Wednesday, June 17
10:00 a.m., 18-322, State of Texas v. Jo Ella Perez (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-031, State of Texas v. Christopher Austin (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-036, State of Texas v. William Boeker (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-179, State of Texas v. William Boeker (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-180, State of Texas v. William Boeker (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-066, State of Texas v. Armando Vallejo (Plea) 

Thursday, June 18
10:00 a.m., 18-260, State of Texas v. Joey Andros (Plea) 
10:00 a.m., 20-130-0184, State of Texas v. Jose Gonzales, Jr. (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 08-417, State of Texas v. Felicia Rodriguez (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 17-181, State of Texas v. Felicia Rodriguez (Plea) 

Monday, June 29
1:30 p.m., 20-E-0293, In the Guardianship of Mary Crews, (Mtn to appoint temporary guardian) 

Wednesday, July 1
PASS 10:00 a.m., 20-E-0217, ITMO Victoria Barron and Enrique Barron (TRO & Temp Orders) 

Monday, July 6
10:00 a.m., 19-E-0309, Wahoo's Marina, LLC v. Jan Brooks (TRO)  

Tuesday, July 7
1:30 p.m., 20-E-0196, Esther Gamez v. Colby Davis (Plf's obj. to def's redirect questions, etc.) 

Thursday, July 9
2:00 p.m., 15-068, State of Texas v. Benjamin Blenton Moore, IV (Plea)
2:00 p.m., 15-069, State of Texas v. Benjamin Blenton Moore, IV (Plea)
2:00 p.m., 20-130-204, State of Texas v. Benjamin Blenton Moore, IV (Plea) 

Tuesday, July 14
PASS 1:30 p.m., 20-E-0186, Betty Barbour, et al. v. James Barbour (Minor settlement hearing)
1:30 p.m., 18-E-0206, ITIO P.R., Jr., Child (Mtn to appoint amicus & Random drug test)
PASS 2:00 p.m., 20-E-0217, ITMO Victoria Barron and Enrique Barron (Temporary orders)

Thursday, July 16 
1:30 p.m., 19-E-0309, Wahoo's Marina, LLC v. Jan Brooks (TRO & Def's mtn for sanctions) 

Monday, July 27
1:30 p.m., 19-E-0646, ITIO J.V.H.P., Child (Trial)

Tuesday, July 28
1:30 p.m., 20-E-0207, ITMO M.J.K.C., Child (Name change of a child)
PASS 2:00 p.m., 19-E-0309, Wahoo's Marina, LLC v. Jan Brooks (Mtn to dissolve temp injunction) 

Thursday, July 30
10:00 a.m., 20-E-0324, State of Texas v. Laquincy Randle (Mtn for bond reduction) 
10:00 a.m., 20-130-064, 20-130-205, State of Texas v. Sarah Stewart (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 17-133, 18-103, State of Texas v. Christopher Kent (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 18-361, 20-130-206, 20-130-207, 20-130-208, State of Texas v. Justin Ryan LeTulle (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 20-130-209, State of Texas v. Patrick Broadnax (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 17-248, 19-081, State of Texas v. Alton Crunk (Plea)
10:00 a.m., 19-172, State of Texas v. Rita Alameda (Plea) 
10:00 a.m., 12-043, State of Texas v. Marcus Pointer (Plea) 

1:30 p.m., 19-E-0646, ITIO J.V.H.P., Child (Trial)
2:00 p.m., 19-E-0309, Wahoo's Marina, LLC v. Jan Brooks (Mtn to dissolve temp injunction) 

Tuesday, August 4
PASS 1:30 p.m., 19-E-0741, ITIO L.G., Child (Temporary orders) 
1:30 p.m., 18-E-0316, Diane Maines v. Dorothy Gillespie (Mtn for final trial setting & for clarification) 
PASS 1:30 p.m., 20-E-0299, 20-E-0300, 20-E-0345, State of Texas v. Jane Foltyn (Mtn to dismiss) 

Thursday, August 6
10:30 a.m., 08-148, State of Texas v. Clarence Martin (Hearing on chapter 64 mtn) 

Friday, August 7
10:00 a.m., 18-E-0211, Emmanuel Nnaji v. Hartman Distributing, et al. (Pretrial hearing)

Monday, August 17
10:00 a.m., 17-E-0293, Lisa Anthony v. Keith Ferrell, et al. (Plf's mtn for sanctions) 

Tuesday, August 18
1:00 p.m., 20-E-0282, Oakmont Collections, LLC v. Obliger (Transfer of structured settlement)
1:30 p.m., 18-E-0538, ITIO M.G.B., Child (Trial)
PASS 2:00 p.m., 19-E-0256, ITIO S.V.A., Child (Mtn to withdraw) 
2:30 p.m., 19-E-0595, ITMO Maria Vargas and Victor Delgado (Mtn to compel & for sanctions) 

Tuesday, September 1
1:30 p.m., 20-E-0298, True Blue, LLC v. Issuer (Transfer of structured settlement)
2:00 p.m., 18-E-0625, ITIO C.E.R., child (Mtn to withdraw) 

Thursday, September 3
10:00 a.m., 20-E-0324, State of Texas v. LaQuincy Randle (Mtn for bond reduction) 

Monday, September 21
PASS 11:00 a.m., 20-E-0299, 20-E-0300, 20-E-0345, State of Texas v. Jane Foltyn (Petition for nondisclosure)