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Judge, 410th District Court

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Judge, 410th District Court


The district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction of Texas. District courts have original jurisdiction in felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount of money or damages involved is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, in the more densely populated counties the courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters.

Montgomery County has seven district courts. The 410th Judicial District Court hears criminal cases, civil cases of all types, and family cases.

The incumbent judge for the 410th District Court is Michael Mayes, who was originally elected in 1997 and is not running for re-election.


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Major Issues

Montgomery County has a significant backlog of criminal cases. This backlog increases costs to the county in two ways:

  1. The county must pay for the housing of the defendants if they do not post bail. As soon as they are acquited or convicted these costs are eliminated (i.e., the defendants are either freed or transferred to the state).
  2. The county must provide adequate space for each held defendant. The county jail is nearing capacity and the inflated jail population may force the county to expand its jail capacity sooner than it otherwise would need to.

The 410th District Court is currently a general jurisdiction court that hears all cases, but some have suggested that it should specialize into a family and civil court. Such a change would put further pressure on the criminal justice system that is already backlogged.