415th District Court
Historically, district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction of Texas. The geographical area served by each court is established by the legislature, but each county must be served by at least one district court. In sparsely populated areas of the state, several counties may be served by a single district court, while an urban county may be served by many district courts. The 415th district is a single-county district covering Parker County, Texas.
Generally, district courts have original jurisdiction in cases involving felony crimes, divorces, title to land, election contests, civil law in which the amount in controversy (the amount of money or damages involved) is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. The legislature, however, often establishes courts with limited or specialty jurisdiction. The 415th District Court is a general jurisdiction court established by the Texas Legislature in 2003. The court commenced operations in 2004. It is located in the District Courts Building just east of the historic Parker County Courthouse.
Court Administration and Scheduling
Contact our staff for scheduling and questions involving the administration of cases in the 415th. We make every reasonable effort to accommodate your needs, including health concerns. Please realize that the presiding judge generally cannot speak with you about factual matters relating to pending cases. If you wish to speak with the judge regarding other matters, please inquire of our staff for guidance. Questions about potential outcomes in pending cases or about the law in general (legal advice) cannot be addressed. The court system exists to serve the concept of justice, thus it is our desire that your experience with the 415th be a pleasant one, considering all circumstances.
Courtroom Attire Guidelines for Parties
Men: Collared shirt tucked in; long pants (no shorts); no baggy pants, pants with holes, or pants sitting far below the waist.
Women: Sleeved shirts or blouses covering shoulders and mid-section; long or Capri-style pants; knee-length dresses (no spaghetti straps or see-through material)
General: No facial jewelry; i.e., rings in the tongue, lips, nose or eyes. Hats, sunglasses and chewing gum are not allowed.
Courtroom Attire Guidelines for Spectators and Jurors
Dress appropriate to dignity of the courtroom and its functions. No “message” clothing or attire that would be disruptive or cause focused attention upon the wearer. Remove hats (males) and sunglasses when in courtroom.
Children are not allowed in the courtroom without permission (with the exception of adoptions). Electronic devices must be turned off or silenced. Be quiet while court in session. Counsel remain behind bar until permitted to pass by court.
Courtroom has audio/video capability with projector screen and video monitor. Wi-Fi connection and Elmo station are provided for parties and available for use by counsel upon request. One conference room (1st Floor) and small courtroom available on first come-first served basis. A law library is in the basement along with a snack area. Public copier or fax not available.
Parking is generally available along the streets in the general vicinity of the building. Additional parking is available ½ block to the west of the building in the "courthouse square" area. Be careful crossing the street!
If your visit to the 415th may require overnight stays, you may utilize the chamber of commerce links on this site as well as make inquiry of our staff for suggestions.