272nd District Court


The jurisdiction of a District Court is determined by the Texas Constitution and statute. Generally speaking, the jurisdiction of a District Court includes felony criminal cases, civil cases with higher amounts of controversy, and family law matters.

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Historical Information

The 272nd District Court was created in 1979 and J. Bradley Smith was appointed as its first judge. Smith served one term and did not seek re-election. John M. Delaney was then elected as the second judge of the Court and served from 1984 through 2000. Richard W. B. Davis was then elected and presided until March 17, 2008, when the current judge, Travis B. Bryan III was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. Bryan was born April 21, 1947 and is a lifetime resident of Brazos County. He was married to Rebecca Wood in 1971. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Bryan graduated from Texas A&M in 1969 and Baylor University School of Law in 1972. He served as the elected District Attorney of Brazos County from 1978 through 1983. He then practiced criminal defense law in the Brazos Valley area from 1984 through his appointment as District Judge on March 17, 2008. Bryan is a sixth generation Texan and the great great grandson of William Joel Bryan for whom the City of Bryan is named.

Additional Information

The 272nd District Court handles civil, criminal (felony and related misdemeanors), family law, and juvenile cases.

It is the goal of the 272nd District Court to provide a just, fair, equitable, and impartial adjudication of all matters brought before this court, and to treat all individuals with integrity, honesty, equality, and respect.