Probate Court Number Three hears traditional probate matters: decedent’s estates; guardianships; matters relating to trusts; and lawsuits incident to an estate. In addition, Probate Court Number Three also hears mental health commitment cases and medication petitions filed upon prisoners in the county jail who are awaiting transport to a state mental health facility because they were either found by a criminal court to be too mental ill to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity.
Originally, Judge Olsen ran for this particular bench because it hears mental health cases. During his time on the bench, Judge Olsen has been innovative in seeking solutions to the problem of an ever increasing flow of proposed mental health patients and a limited number of hospital beds. In these endeavors, he has worked with the HPD to help them launch their crisis intervention team and has worked with several over law enforcement agencies to enable him to hold the medication hearings for prisoners in the Harris County Jail. These hearings have shortened the time that patients spend in custody awaiting final disposition of their cases, which has reduced the costs to the taxpayers. Judge Olsen has received recognition and past endorsements from many police related organizations including P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc., and the HPOU.
Judge Olsen was first elected to preside over Probate Court Number Three in 1999, and has proven to be a fair and ethical judge. He is seeking re-election in 2018, and knows the ins and outs of the Court better than anyone.