Nelson files bill for new district court

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Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, on Tuesday filed legislation to establish a new district court in Denton County.

Locally, Denton County commissioners gave their blessing as they approved a resolution in support of the new court — the county’s eighth — that would help serve the growing Denton County population.

“Because of massive population growth in Denton County, our local courts have seen a significant increase in caseloads,” Nelson said in a statement. “A new court is needed to ensure that our citizens have efficient access to the judicial system.”

Senate Bill 290 creates the 442nd Judicial District in Denton County — a new general jurisdiction court intended to help manage rising caseload growth.

A new court would help Denton County meet the needs of its growing population, Commissioner Hugh Coleman said.

The last court to be created was the 431st District Court in 2011.

Coleman acknowledged that the last time a new court was discussed, there was talk of space issues within the county court facilities.

“We need to make sure everyone has access to courts and the opportunity to have their disputes promptly resolved,” Coleman said. “Space in the courthouse is always going to be a concern, but I think we will be able to cope with it.”

Denton County’s population has increased by more than 63 percent since 2000 and is now home to more than 686,000 people, according to a news release from Nelson’s office.

“Denton is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. This is just one of the things that happens when you have a lot of growth,” Coleman said.

Legislators may continue to file bills until the bill filing deadline March 8. To search legislation, visit the Texas Legislature online at www.capitol.state.tx.us .

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6889. His e-mail address is blewis@dentonrc.com .

 


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