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Harris County Criminal Courts: Frequently Asked Questions


  • Address:

Criminal Justice Center,  1201 Franklin, Houston, Texas 77002 *

  • Be on time:

• Check with your attorney for your court date & time.

You MUST be present for Docket Call.

• Come early and be prepared to wait in line! Once at the CJC, you will need to go through metal detectors. Be aware that the lines can be VERY long. For example, you may have to wait in line to:
(1) enter the building,
(2) go through the metal detector,
(3) get onto an elevator.
Plan accordingly!

  • Dress Code:

• Behavior & Attire should reflect Dignity & Respect toward the Court and its staff.

• Dress Code: Business. Always err on the side of caution, always tuck your shirt.

NOT ALLOWED:

° NO SHORTS, TANK TOPS or FLIP FLOPS.
° No suggestive clothing: i.e.; low rise jeans, pants or immodestly short skirts.
° No slogans on clothing related to drugs, alcohol, illegal activities, etc.
° Cell phones and pagers must be on silent mode or turned off.
° Headphones are not allowed.
° Food and drink are not allowed in the Courtroom.

  • Summary of Courthouse Floors:

 

Floor:

County Criminal Courts at Law*

8 - 11

Criminal District Courts *

14 - 19

Ceremonial Court

20

Cafeteria/vending machine/shoe shine

2

Pretrial Services

12

District Attorney

2 - 6

Court Administrative Offices

7

  • Using the elevators:

The Criminal Justice Center has two sections of public elevators:
The High Rise section serves the 1st, 11th- 20th floors (On the Right if you stand with your back facing Franklin st.);
The Low Rise section serves the basement through 10th floor (On the Left if you stand with your back facing Franklin st.)
10th floor Crossover: If you are on any floor below 10 and want to go to any floor above 10, you will need to either (1) go to the 10th floor, exit, and walk across to the High Rise elevators, or (2) go back to the 1st floor, exit, and walk across to the High Rise elevators.

  • Food & Drink:

REMEMBER: Food and drink are not allowed in the Courtroom.

• Cafeteria & vending machines: 2nd floor.
• Water fountains & bathrooms on each floor.
• Shoe shine: 2nd floor, if available.

  • Court & Presiding Judge by Floor:

Harris County Criminal Courts at Law * (Floors 8-11):

Court & Presiding Judge:

Floor:

1 Goodhart, Paula

8

2 Harmon, Bill

8

3 Fleming, Natalie

8

4 Clinton, John    

8

5 Harris, Margaret

9

6 Standley, Larry

9

7 Derbyshire, Pam

9

8 Karahan, Jay

9

9 Wilkerson, Analia

10

10 Ross, Sherman

10

11 Bull, Diane

10

12 Brown, Robin                

10

13 Smyth, Don    

11

14 Fields, Mike    

11

15 Hughes, Jean

11

 

Criminal District Courts (Floors 14-19; Ceremonial Court on 20th Floor)*

Court & Presiding Judge:

Floor:

174  Judge Ruben Guerrero

19

176  Judge Stacey W. Bond

19

177  Judge Ryan Patrick

19

178  Judge David Mendoza             

19

179  Judge Kristin M. Guiney

18

180  Judge Marc Brown

18

182  Judge Jeannine Barr

18

183  Judge Vanessa Velasquez

18

184  Judge Jan Krocker

17

185  Judge Susan Brown

17

208  Judge Denise Collins

17

209  Judge Michael McSpadden

17

228  Judge Marc Carter

16

230  Judge Brad Hart

16

232  Judge Mary Lou Keel

16

248  Judge Joan Campbell

16

262  Judge Denise Bradley

15

263  Judge Jim Wallace

15

337  Judge Renee Magee

15

338  Judge Brock Thomas

15

339  Judge Maria T. Jackson

14

351  Judge Mark Kent Ellis

14

  • Pretrial Services FAQ (Harris County Website)*

What is Harris County Pretrial Services?
What does Pretrial Services do?
What is a personal bond?
What determines eligibility for a personal bond?
Who uses the information prepared by Pretrial Services?
Can the general public contact Pretrial Services?
FAQ from the Harris County District Courts Website*


Fort Bend County Courts:

  • County Courts at Law:

1 Judge Ben W. “Bud” Childers

2 Judge Jeffrey A. McMeans

3 Judge Susan G. Lowery

4 Judge R.H. “Sandy” Bielstein

Associate Judge H. Everett Kennedy

     

  • District Courts:

240th  Judge Thomas R. Culver, III

268th Judge Brady G. Elliott

328th Judge Ronald R. Pope

387th Judge Robert J. Kern

400th Judge Clifford J. Vacek

434th Judge James H. Shoemake


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