Texas starts 2022 with three new district courts.
The 478th Judicial District Court of Bell County will be in session on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October. This court will have concurrent jurisdiction with the 27th, 146th, 169th, 364th, and 426th Judicial District Courts currently serving Bell County. No judge as been appointed for this court yet.
The 481st Judicial District Court of Denton County is a general jurisdiction court. Judge Crystal Edmonson Levonius was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as judge of this court. Judge Levonius will be up for election in November 2022.
The 485th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County is a general jurisdiction court with preference for criminal cases. No judge has been appointed for this court yet.
The next wave of new courts will go online in September and October 2022.
The 476th Judicial District Court of Hidalgo County and the 483rd Judicial District Court of Hays County will begin September 1, 2022.
The 474th Judicial District Court of McLennan County and the 480th Judicial District Court of Williamson County will begin October 1, 2022.
The 87th Texas Legislature added more courts for 2023.
The 475th Judicial District Court of Smith County will begin January 1, 2023. Several County Courts at Law will also begin.
As Texas continues to grow, it is expected that the Texas Legislature will take up creation of new courts during its 88th Session beginning January 2023. For now, our judiciary will continue working diligently in 2022 with the help of a few more courts.