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Published on Monday, October 21, 2019

Municipal Court Presiding Judge John Bull Announces Retirement

CONTACT: Laura Mayes, 210-207-1337


Spanish media: Carlos Valenzuela, 210-207-3919


SAN ANTONIO (October 21, 2019) – San Antonio Municipal Court Presiding Judge John Bull will retire on January 31, 2020. Judge Bull, a graduate of St. Mary’s University Law School and Southern Methodist University, served the City as Presiding Judge over eight consecutive terms. He previously served the City as a Municipal Court Judge and completed 20 years of service earlier this year.


“Judge Bull has dedicated 20 years of service to the City of San Antonio. We thank him for his contributions to the community, including his most recent role in collaborating with Bexar County on our new Central Magistrate System, which eliminated redundancies to provide a smoother process,” said City Manager Erik Walsh.


The San Antonio Municipal Court includes a 24/7 Central Magistrate Operation, which is operated in close collaboration with Bexar County. The Court processes approximately 300,000 filings annually and employs 10 full-time judges and nine part-time judges. The court presides over general appearances, magistrate court and assists with juvenile and truancy dockets.


“It has been a distinct honor to serve the City I was born and raised in over the last 20 years. I leave the Municipal Court with enormous respect for its role in our Constitutional structure,” said Presiding Judge John Bull.


The San Antonio City Council is expected to review applications for appointment of the next Municipal Court Presiding Judge in the January of 2020. For more information about the Municipal Court process, visit

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Author: John Quiroz (GPA)

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