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Posted on: April 20, 2017

A NEW DISTRICT COURT WILL HELP EASE THE CASELOAD IN 2021

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Commissioners Court signed a resolution in support of the creation of a new District Court to provide the citizens of Hidalgo County with an adequate number of judicial officers. Judge Mario Ramirez, who presides over the 332nd District Court, said an additional court will help make the county’s judiciary more efficient.

“Although it’s needed, we don’t want the court right now, we are asking for it to be in the future when we have adequate space,” Ramirez said, alluding to the new county Courthouse.

The county presently has 11 District Courts and two Master Courts. A study based on 2016 court filings, reported to the Office of Court Administration, estimated total full time employees needed for Hidalgo County is 17.25. The actual FTEs is 13.78 to handle all the cases coming before the Courts in a timely, efficient and fair manner. The study also reported the Clearance rate in Hidalgo County was 83.2 percent, compared to the 96.8 statewide District clearance rate.

Ramirez said part of the difference in the clearance rate is that each Hidalgo County District Judge hears more cases than the state average.

“We have a bigger docket per judge,” Ramirez said. “We hear so many more cases.”
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