Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2003
Contact: Lewis Simmons
Phone: (940) 689-0191

Sen. Estes Passes Legislation
for 2 New Parker County Courts

AUSTIN -- State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) passed legislation that will provide a new county court at law and a new state district court for Parker County.

"During my numerous meetings with constituents from Parker County, the backlog of cases in the existing courts continued to surface among the community's paramount issues. One of my goals during the recent 78th Texas Legislature was to pass legislation that would help remedy this situation," said Estes, whose 18-county Senate District 30 includes Parker County.

Authorization of both new courts for Parker County was achieved through adoption of amendments to omnibus judicial legislation offered by Estes. Both bills have been sent to Governor Rick Perry for his signature.

County Court at Law No. 2 of Parker County was authorized by Estes' amendment to Senate Bill 1552 by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee. It becomes effective September 1, 2003.

Legislation authorizing the new 415th Judicial District Court of Parker County becomes effective September 1, 2005. It came by way of Estes' amendment to Senate Bill 1151 by Duncan.

Parker County's existing county court at law and state district court have a combined caseload of approximately 6,300 cases. Judge Graham Quisenberry presides over the Parker County Court at Law No. 1, and Judge Don Chrestman presides over the 43rd Judicial District Court.

"When a court is that backed-up, the wheels of justice tend to turn rather slowly. Judge Chrestman, Judge Quisenberry, prosecutors and plaintiffs' lawyers work very hard to keep the ever-increasing number of cases moving through the courts, but the caseloads continue to grow despite their hard work and conscientious efforts," Estes said.

"I am pleased to have been able to pass these important amendments. These new courts will provide much needed relief to the overburdened courts of Parker County and will help ensure that justice remains swift and fair," Estes said.