Overview of Dallas County Courts

Dallas County has 60 judges elected in countywide elections

In Dallas County, Texas there are a total of sixty (60) elected judges.  These judges preside over courts with specialized caseloads.

 

DISTRICT COURTS 
are trial courts with jurisdiction over civil, family, juvenile, and felony criminal cases.  The geographical area served by each court is all of Dallas County.

COUNTY COURTS
are trial courts with jurisdiction over civil, probate and misdemeanor criminal cases.  The geographical area served by each court is all of Dallas County.

COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTS
 are trial courts with  jurisdiction over Class A and B misdemeanors.  

COUNTY COURTS AT LAW 
are trial courts with jurisdiction over civil cases where the amount in controversy is usually under $200,000.   County courts also hear appeals from Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts.

To view the current sitting judges, please click the following links:

13   Civil District courts

5    County Courts at Law

17  Criminal District Courts

13  County Criminal Courts

7    Family Courts

2   Juvenile Courts

3   Probate Courts

 

 

To get detailed information about all elected Dallas County Judges, please visit the Dallas County website:  http://dallascounty.org/department/courts/courts_index.php

JUSTICES OF THE PEACE are elected in smaller precincts and not countywide elections.

There are 10 Justice of the Peace courts in Dallas County.  These courts hear civil matters where the amount in controversy is not more than $10,000 and criminal misdemeanors punishable by fine only.  JPs may issue search warrants and arrest warrants.  The geographical area served by each JP is set by statute and are not countywide precincts.  These judges are elected by the residents of the respective precincts.    JPs are not required to be attorneys.  To view the current JPs, follow this link:  http://latinocentric.com/category/justice-of-the-peace-courts/

 

MUNICIPAL JUDGES are hired by the city council.

Municipal Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances and criminal misdemeanors punishable by fine only if within their own city limits.  Municipal judges may issue search warrants and arrest warrants. Municipal court judges are not elected.  They are hired by the city.  To find out more about Dallas City courts, visit this website:  http://dallascityhall.com/departments/judiciary/Pages/default.aspx

Summary

The Texas court system is very complicated and has many layers.  The information provided by LatinoCentric is limited to Dallas County courts and the information is very general in nature.  To get detailed information about the Texas Court system, please visit the Texas Judicial Branch website:  http://www.txcourts.gov/

 

 

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