126TH DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
Aurora Martinez Jones is Judge of the 126th District Court, presiding over the Child Protective Services dockets, Family Drug Treatment Court, and Family Law matters. She was sworn in on January 1, 2021.
As Judge, Aurora is responsible for the oversight and administration of all Travis County Termination of Parental Rights civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She runs a trauma-informed court and continues her work in tearing down the school-to-prison pipeline, assuring race equity in our legal system, and protecting our children.
Aurora has extensive experience advocating for parents and children in the child welfare system from her prior work as a litigator. She co-founded the Child Welfare Race Equity Collaborative and is committed to equitable, progressive, anti-racist work and approaches to supporting the children and families who appear in her court.
Aurora is Board Certified in Child Welfare Law and is also certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. She previously served Travis County as an Associate Judge and operated The Martinez Jones Law Firm, PLLC.