Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr. Juvenile Justice Center
449TH DISTRICT COURT
The newly created District Court, located at the Judge Mario E.
Ramirez, Jr. Juvenile Justice Center, became the 449th State District
Court during the 80th Legislative session. The concept of this Court is
to specialize in the processing of juvenile cases. The Court became
fully operational with a State District Judge and court staff in January
of 2008. The Honorable Jesse Contreras was elected as the first Judge
of this District Court.
The 449th District Court is designed to accommodate all
participants directly involved in the judicial process of juvenile
cases. Incorporating the location of a district court to operate within
the Juvenile Justice Center, embodies the opportunity to expedite the
hearing of cases and affords the prospect of utilizing resources
efficiently for youth and their families including all personnel
involved in juvenile court proceedings.
The 449th District Court staff consists of a court coordinator,
assistant court coordinator, court reporter, court bailiff, and two
district clerks that have direct access to the juvenile probation staff
permitting the lines of communication to be beneficial in working
towards safeguarding the final outcome of juvenile cases.