Kaufman County, TX - Kaufman County proudly announces the successful establishment of a new District Court, that will be designated as the 489th Judicial District Court, as a momentous achievement in strengthening the local judicial system and significantly improving access to justice for all county residents. With Kaufman County experiencing unparalleled growth as the fastest-growing county in the nation, the addition of this new court is a vital step to meet the pressing demand for efficient administration of justice.
This, the County's 3rd Judicial District Court, will complement the existing 86th District Court under the Honorable Judge Casey Blair and the 422nd District Court under the Honorable Judge Shelton Gibbs. This much-needed milestone will help alleviate the burden of the mounting caseloads, ensuring a fair and timely resolution of cases for the growing population.
The vision of this new court became a reality through the unwavering efforts of State Representative Keith Bell, who championed the cause and collaborated tirelessly with his colleagues in the Texas Legislature to pass House Bill 3474. The bill received the seal of approval from Governor Greg Abbott on June 13, 2023, marking a turning point for the County's judicial system.
Criminal District Attorney Erleigh Wiley emphasizes the significance of the 489th Judicial District Court, citing its pivotal role in enhancing the county's ability to effectively address the increasing workload resulting from the unprecedented growth in the County.
"As our county continues to flourish, this much-needed court will play a crucial role in expediting legal proceedings, ensuring a fair and timely resolution of cases, and ultimately bolstering the seamless flow of justice for all residents," said Criminal District Attorney Erleigh Wiley. "Our dedicated investigators, prosecutors, and all those who diligently serve in the judicial system of Kaufman County wholeheartedly appreciate the foresight and recognition demonstrated by the Commissioners' Court in addressing the pressing need for this court. Additionally, our gratitude extends to Representative Keith Bell, whose unwavering dedication and efforts in carrying the torch for Kaufman County resulted in the successful passage of this essential bill."
Representative Keith Bell, a strong advocate for the creation of the 3rd Judicial District Court, led the omnibus bill HB 3474 through the legislative process, celebrating a significant victory for Kaufman County.
In his own press release, Representative Bell expressed his eagerness for the Governor to appoint a highly qualified judge who will preside over the court with integrity and impartiality. (See Representative Keith Bell's news release HERE:)
"This judge will play a crucial role in upholding justice, ensuring that the rights of all individuals are protected, and that our community benefits from a fair and efficient judicial process," said Representative Bell.
County Judge Jakie Allen extends his heartfelt gratitude for this momentous achievement and highlights the positive impact this development will bring to the County.
"On behalf of the Commissioners' Court, we extend our deepest thanks to Representative Bell and the current District Court Judges for their unwavering support and commitment to the establishment of this new court, which exemplifies the fundamental principles of justice, fairness, and expediency."
The establishment of the 489th Judicial District Court marks a significant advancement for Kaufman County's justice system. By effectively managing the caseload and expediting legal proceedings, this new court will enhance access to justice for all residents. Commencing on September 1, 2023, the County's 3rd Judicial District Court will contribute to the fair and timely administration of justice, fostering a stronger and more accessible legal system for the flourishing community of Kaufman County.