Marilee Roberts was selected by the Nueces County District Judges and County Court at Law Judges to serve as Court Administrator in 2015. She previously served as Court Manager for the 214th District Court from 1984 to 2000, taught introductory Court Management courses for the Texas Center for the Judiciary from 1994 to 1996, and served as Public Relations Chair, Education Co-Chair, Education Committee Board Liaison and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Texas Association for Court Administration (1995-1999). Ms. Roberts is certified by the Texas Center for the Judiciary in Court Coordination, Court Management and Court Administration and has extensive experience as a litigation paralegal in State, Bankruptcy and Federal Court having worked in that capacity from 2001 to 2015. Ms. Roberts earned a double major in History and Communications Theory from Texas A & I University and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1975.
Description of Office
The Court Administrator works under the direction of the Nueces County District Court Judges and County Court at Law Judges. Responsibilities include strategic planning for eight District Courts, five County Courts at Law, Magistrate Court and Associate Family Court; coordination of training for court staff; budget management; development, management and supervision of Nueces County personal bond supervision program; and the supervision of Court Interpreter and deputy Court Reporters. The Court Administrator serves as secretary for the monthly Board of District Court Judges’ meetings and drafts the monthly agendas and transcribes the minutes of each meeting. The Court Administrator also coordinates the revision and submission of bi-annual County Plans for compliance with Senate Bill 7, ensures compliance with Texas Indigent Defense Commission requirements related to appointment of defense attorneys and coordinates the assignment of visiting judges including scheduling of auxiliary courtrooms and staff. The Court Administrator serves as the liaison between the Courts and all other departments, including the State Office of Court Administration, our legislators, State Bar, local Bar Association, the office of Judicial Conduct and the Texas Center for the Judiciary, Commissioners Court, District Attorney, County Attorney, Information Technology Department, District and County Clerk Offices. The Court Administrator also assists in the gathering and disbursement of information important to the administration of justice and advises the Judges on pending legislative matters affecting the courts and judges. Additional duties include drafting resolutions, standing orders and revisions to local Court rules for submission to Supreme Court of Texas. The Court Administrator is also a member of the County’s Emergency Management Team.