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ARE YOU CURIOUS AS TO HOW CASES ARE ASSIGNED IN DENTON COUNTY DISTRICT COURT?

Denton County has eight district courts being the 16th, 158th, 211th, 362nd, 367th, 393rd, 431st and 442nd District Courts.

CRIMINAL CASES

The first five courts being the 16th, 158th, 211th, 362nd and 367th courts are courts that are assigned all criminal cases. The 431st court is also assigned some criminal cases in the nature of assault family violence type offenses.

CIVIL CASES RELATED TO CRIMINAL CASES

Any cases relating to a criminal matter such as seizure of property, expunctions, extradition, occupational license, etc. are assigned on a one‑to‑one basis among the six district courts being the 16th, 158th, 211th, 362nd, 367th and 431st District Courts.

CPS CASES

CPS cases are assigned on a one‑to‑one basis among all eight district courts without deference to any other factor.

JUDGMENT NISI'S

Judgment Nisi cases are assigned to same court in which the criminal case is pending.

CIVIL AND FAMILY LAW CASES

The courts are assigned cases based upon a pool of 99 cases.

The 16th, 158th, 211th, 362nd and 367th courts each get ten cases assigned out of a group of 99 civil and family law cases filed;

The 393rd court gets 17 cases out of a 99‑count distribution;

The 431st District Court gets 15 cases out of the 99‑case distribution; and

The 442nd court gets 17 cases out of the 99‑count distribution.

The assignment of cases is done on a rotating basis until each of the first five courts has reached their ten‑case limit and then the remaining cases are distributed to the 393rd, 431st and 442nd until each of them meets their respective quotas.

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