The county at the moment has 5 state district courts, with one additionally serving as juvenile court docket. All 5 state district judges have concurrent jurisdiction, however two, nineteenth State District Decide Thomas West and 54th State District Decide Susan Kelly, deal with completely felony felony instances.
The county additionally has two county courts-at-law; a CPS court docket; a veterans court docket; a psychological well being court docket; and 6 justice courts. The commissioners court docket will appoint the brand new county court-at-law choose. State district judges are appointed by the governor.
Now that the brand new courts have been accepted, county officers should discover a place to place them, as a result of the county’s 119-year-old courthouse has reached capability.
The county is paying $1 million for the demolition of the within of the downtown jail, which has not been used as a jail in a long time. County Decide Scott Felton mentioned the demolition is nearing completion and the constructing now is perhaps retrofitted to accommodate the brand new courts, no less than on a short lived foundation.
“It is a very good drawback to have within the sense that you’ve the courts accepted,” County Courtroom-at-Legislation Decide Vik Deivanayagam mentioned. “However now, logistically, we should determine the place they go. Decide Felton and the commissioners must get collectively on that. However it’s thrilling to have two new courts, and I am certain we are going to put them to good use. There’s loads of work to get caught up on, particularly on this previous 12 months of being slowed down.”