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Tarrant County Criminal Courts: Where to Go and What to Expect

By Benson Varghese

Last Updated: July 2nd, 2020
Published on: July 7th, 2014

If you have been arrested for a felony or a non-traffic misdemeanor offense, your case will be heard in one of the 20 criminal courts in downtown Fort Worth. All of the Tarrant County criminal courts at the County and District levels are located inside the Tim Curry Justice Center. The Tim Curry Justice Center is located at 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Below is a list of all of  Tarrant County’s criminal courts and their location in the justice center, as well as other useful information that will help ease your anxiety about going to court.

Tarrant County Criminal Courts

CourtAbbreviationFloorJudgePhone
Misdemeanor Courts
County Criminal Court Number OneCCC15th FloorJudge David Cook817-884-1337
County Criminal Court Number TwoCCC26th FloorJudge Carey Walker817-884-1338
County Criminal Court Number ThreeCCC37th FloorJudge Bob McCoy817-884-1374
County Criminal Court Number FourCCC45th FloorJudge Deborah Nekhom817-884-1426
County Criminal Court Number FiveCCC56th FloorJudge Jamie Cummings817-884-2726
County Criminal Court Number SixCCC68th FloorJudge Molly Jones817-884-2745
County Criminal Court Number SevenCCC78th FloorJudge Cheril Hardy817-884-2773
County Criminal Court Number EightCCC87th FloorJudge Charles Vanover817-884-3400
County Criminal Court Number NineCCC98th FloorJudge Brent Carr817-884-3410
County Criminal Court Number TenCCC107th FloorJudge Phil Sorrels817-884-3420
Felony Courts
Criminal District Court Number OneCDC15th FloorJudge Elizabeth Beach817-884-1351
Criminal District Court Number TwoCDC26th FloorJudge Wayne Salvant817-884-1347
Criminal District Court Number ThreeCDC37th FloorJudge Robb Catalano817-884-1356
Criminal District Court Number FourCDC48th FloorJudge Mike Thomas817-884-1362
213th District Court213th8th FloorJudge Chris Wolfe817-884-1529
297th District Court297th5th FloorJudge David Hagarman817-884-1908
371st District Court371st8th FloorJudge Mollee Westfall817-884-2985
372nd District Court372nd6th FloorJudge Scott Wisch817-884-2990
396th District Court396th6th FloorJudge George Gallagher817-884-2768
432nd District Court432nd6th FloorJudge Ruben Gonzalez817-884-2935

What Should I Expect When I Go to Criminal Court?

Going to court for the first time can be a nerve-wracking process. Taking a few minutes to familiarize yourself with what to expect in court will help you feel more at ease when your first court date arrives.

If you have never been to court on a criminal case before, outside of a traffic citation, you might imagine that a court setting means that you will be in court in front of a judge, that the State will be prepared to call witnesses against you, and you might even have a trial. Generally, a case will have several settings before it reaches trial. This article will help set expectations on what will happen during the first court setting.

What Time Should I Be in Court?

The last thing you want to do is to get off to a bad start with your judge. You should know that it may be difficult to find parking near the courthouse. The time on your court notice is the time you are expected to be present in the courtroom, not parking or walking into the courthouse.

All of our clients are informed to be in court at least thirty minutes before their court settings. This ensures that even if you run into traffic, delays getting through security, or the elevators are down, you will still get to court on time.

What Happens When I Get to My Courtroom?

When you arrive outside your assigned courtroom, if it is unlocked go inside and check in with the bailiff. However, if you are early, the courtroom will likely be closed and you will need to wait outside. Once you are allowed into the courtroom, the bailiffs will give you instructions as to whether you should check in with them, or have a seat and wait for the judge to formally call the docket. Docket call is the court “taking attendance” to make sure that all the defendants scheduled to be there are present. If the bailiff or judge calls the docket, be sure to answer out loud. You want to make sure that the court knows that you are present; otherwise, a warrant can be issued for your arrest.

The average docket can last two to three hours, depending on the volume of cases set. The bulk of your time in court may be spent waiting. When your attorney arrives, he or she will speak to the prosecutor on your behalf. There are generally two to four prosecutors and 50-100 defense attorneys waiting to speak to them. It’s also important to note that there is a hierarchy to the court system. Attorneys must appear in any felony courts first, and then make any misdemeanor appearances they have. The discussion will include the circumstances and evidence involved in your case, the likelihood of a plea offer and any other special issues such as eligibility for a diversion program. Many of these discussions also take place before court. Once your attorney has a sense of the State’s position on your case, he or she will discuss your options. You will have three options for how to proceed with your case. Option one is to accept the plea offer being extended to you; option two is to reject the offer and move toward a trial; option three is to ask for another court date so that either side can gather more information.

It’s important to know that the number of times a case can be rescheduled depends on the reason it is being reset, and also the individual judge’s discretion as to how quickly they expect cases to be resolved.

Being informed and having realistic expectations will help make the process of handling your case less stressful. If you arrive on time, are prepared to be patient, and maintain good communication with your attorney, you will have taken significant steps toward having a productive day in court.

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If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Tarrant County and need a criminal defense attorney, call Varghese Summersett PLLC at (817) 203-2220.

Tarrant County Misdemeanor Courts

  • Tarrant County CCC1 | County Criminal Court Number One

Judge David Cook
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
5th Floor
Court Coordinator –  817-884-1337
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC2 | County Criminal Court Number Two

Judge Carey Walker
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
6th Floor
Court Coordinator – 817-884-1338
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC3 | County Criminal Court Number Three

Judge Bob McCoy
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
7th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1374
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC4 | County Criminal Court Number Four

Judge Deborah Nekhom
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
5th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1426
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC5 | County Criminal Court Number Five

Judge Jamie Cummings
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
6th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-2726
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC7 | County Criminal Court Number Seven

Judge Cheril Hardy
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
8th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-2773
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC8 | County Criminal Court Number Eight

Judge Charles “Chuck” Vanover
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
7th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-3400
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC9 | County Criminal Court Number Nine

Judge Brent Carr
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
8th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-3410
Docket

  • Tarrant County CCC10 | County Criminal Court Number Ten

Judge Phil Sorrells
Criminal Misdemeanor Cases
7th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-3420
Docket

Tarrant County Felony Courts

  • Tarrant County CDC1 | County District Court Number One

Judge Elizabeth Beach
Criminal Felony Cases
5th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1351
Docket

  • Tarrant County CDC2 | County District Court Number Two

Judge Wayne Salvant
Criminal Felony Cases
6thFloor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1347
Docket

  • Tarrant County CDC3 | County District Court Number Three

Judge Robb Catalano
Criminal Felony Cases
7th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1356
Docket

  • Tarrant County CDC4 | County District Court Number Four

Judge Mike Thomas
Criminal Felony Cases
8th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1362
Docket

  • Tarrant County 213 | 213th District Court

Judge Chris Wolfe
Criminal Felony Cases
8th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1529
Docket

  • Tarrant County 297 | 297th District Court

Judge David Hagerman
Criminal Felony Cases
5th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-1908
Docket

  • Tarrant County 371 | 371st District Court

Judge Mollee Westfall
Criminal Felony Cases
8th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-2985
Docket

  • Tarrant County 372 | 372nd District Court 

Judge Scott Wisch
Criminal Felony Cases
6th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-2990
Docket

  • Tarrant County 396 | 396th District Court

Judge George Gallagher
Criminal Felony Cases
6th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-2768
Docket

  • Tarrant County 432 | 432nd District Court

Judge Ruben Gonzalez
Criminal Felony Cases
6th Floor
Court Coordinator 817-884-2935
Docket