Aurora Martinez Jones has served as the presiding judge of the 126th District Court since January 01, 2021, where she is responsible for the administration and oversight of all Travis County CPS cases. Prior to that, in 2015, she was appointed as Associate Judge in Travis County where her bench was dedicated to the CPS dockets. She is from La Porte, Texas, a suburb of Houston, and attended college at The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a minor in Spanish. She then attended law school at The University of Texas School of Law and upon receiving her law license; she started her own law firm, The Martinez Jones Law Firm, PLLC. As an attorney, Aurora Martinez Jones practiced primarily in child welfare law, juvenile justice, personal injury, probate, real estate, family law, and civil litigation.
Judge Martinez Jones is Board Certified in Child Welfare Law and is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, Certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children. She is also the presiding District Judge for the Family Drug Treatment Court and the Crossover Program for Dual Status Youth.
She is the past Chair for the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force, is the past President of the Austin Black Lawyers Association, is currently on the Board for the Child Protection Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and is on the Board for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), among other leadership positions she holds in the community. Judge Martinez Jones is also active in both the local Austin Bar Association and Texas State Bar through her service on various committees. She is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court.
Judge Martinez Jones and her husband, Mitchell Jones, are the proud parents of two precious little girls.