AUSTIN- Friday, the Texas House gave final approval to Senate Bill 1139, which authorizes the creation of the 446th District Court of Texas located in Ector County. State Representative Brooks Landgraf offered the initial legislation creating the court when he filed House Bill 1089 earlier this year.
Landgraf initiated the effort to create a new judicial district in Ector County after discussing with local leaders problems that result from having back-logged cases.
A new district court has not been created in Ector County since 1985, despite significant population growth during the period since then.
"With the creation of the 446th District Court we are ensuring that our citizens' right to a fair and efficient trial is protected," Landgraf said. "This new court will be a welcome addition to our West Texas justice system and will come at no additional cost to taxpayers."
Under provisions of the bill, the 446th District Court could begin hearing cases as early as September 1, 2015. The court will also operate in existing buildings, and will not require the construction of any new facilities in Ector County.
State Representative Brooks Landgraf was elected in 2014 to serve House District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler Counties. Landgraf resides in Odessa with his wife, Shelby. He works as a cattle rancher and also practices law at the firm of Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa. An Eagle Scout, Landgraf also serves on the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance Board of Directors, the Education Foundation Board of Directors, and the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Council.
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