Denton County Courts & Cops

Where is my court located?

If you are charged with a criminal offense in Denton County, it is certainly possible you will have to be present at a minimum of one court appearance regardless of the disposition of your case. For misdemeanor cases, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Tim Powers can make the initial appearances on your behalf without you having to be present. Felony courts in Denton County require all defendants be present at every hearing. For the convenience of our clients, we provide the location, phone contacts, links, and information on the Denton County courts. Also included are links and contact information for the local law enforcement agencies and other useful information.

Denton County Courts Building
1450 East McKinney Street
Denton, Texas 76209-4524

Driving Directions

From Dallas: From Fort Worth:
  • I-35E go North to Denton
  • Exit McKinney/Loop 288
  • Turn right, you will be on Loop 288.
  • Turn left at second light, Colorado Blvd.
  • Colorado Blvd. Turn into Woodrow Lane.
  • Turn left on McKinney (light)
  • Denton County Courts Bldg. One half block on left.
  • From I-35W traveling North, merge with I-35E South.
  • Exit McKinney/Loop 288
  • Turn left, you will be on Loop 288.
  • Turn left at second light, Colorado Blvd.
  • Colorado Blvd. Turn into Woodrow Lane.
  • Turn left on McKinney (light)
  • Denton County Courts Bldg. One half block on left.

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Links to and Information on Denton County District and County Courts with Criminal Jurisdiction

The following courts are located in this building:

  • Denton County Criminal Court No. 1
    First Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Jim Crouch, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Sharon Stuckly 940.349.2160
    Court Clerk – 940.349.2167
  • Denton County Criminal Court No. 2
    First Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Virgil Vahlenkamp, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Diana Owens 940.349.2170
    Court Clerk – 940.349.2177
  • Denton County Criminal Court No. 3
    Fourth Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. David Garcia, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Brenda Mays 940.349.2180
    Court Clerk – 940.349.3187
  • Denton County Criminal Court No. 5
    Fourth Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Richard “Ski” Podgorski, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Sandra Jones 940.349.2190
    Court Clerk – 940.349-2197
  • 16th Judicial District Court
    Third Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Carmen Rivera-Worley, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Theresa Portales 940.349.2310
    District Clerk 940.349.2210.
  • 158th Judicial District Court
    Third Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Steve Burgess – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Rebecca Papazian 940.349.2320
    District Clerk 940.349.2210.
  • 211th Judicial District Court
    Second Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. L. Dee Shipman – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – John Gray 940.349.2330
    District Clerk 940.349.2210.
  • 362nd Judicial District Court
    Third Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Bruce Mc Farling – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Gayle Moran 940.349.2340
    District Clerk 940.349.2210.
  • 367th Judicial District Court
    Third Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Margaret Barnes – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Melody Carlton 940.349.2350
    District Clerk 940.349.2210.

Please note – currently the 393rd and 431st District Courts only hear family and civil law matters and do not hear criminal cases. Their inclusion in this listing is for the convenience of our clients and the general public using our website as an informational resource.

  • 393rd Judicial District Court
    Second Floor -Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Doug Robison – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Carol Pelzel 940.349.2360
    District Clerk (Civil) – 940.349.2200
  • 431st Judicial District Court
    Fourth Floor -Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Jonathan Bailey – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Denise Spalding 940.349.4370
    District Clerk (Civil) – 940.349.2200
  • County Court at Law No 2
    (Occupational Driver’s License Hearings are heard in this court)
    Fourth Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Robert Ramirez, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Cassy Miller 940.349.2120
  • County Criminal Court No. 4
    Fourth Floor – Denton County Courts Building
    Hon. Joe Bridges, Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Tracy Jones 940.349.2380
    Court Clerk – 940.349.2187
  • County Court at Law No 1 (Juvenile Court)
    (Not located in the main Denton County Courts Building – map below)
    210 S. Woodrow Lane (in the Denton County Juvenile Probation Building)
    Hon. Kimberly Mc Cary – Presiding Judge
    Court Administrator – Debbie Roan 940.349.2520
    County Clerk (Juvenile) 940.349.2525

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Our offices are within walking distance from all of the courts listed above at 121 North Woodrow Lane Denton, Texas.

Links to Denton County Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Denton Police Department
    215 East McKinney Street
    Denton, Texas 76201
    940.349.8181
  • UNT Police Department
    Sullivant Public Safety Center
    1700 Wilshire Street
    Denton, Texas 76201-6572
    940.565.3000

Other Useful Information

Contact our firm as soon as possible if you have been arrested or are under investigation.

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