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On August 16, 2013, Hidalgo County hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the addition of the new judicial annex to the Hidalgo County Courthouse. The Judicial Annex houses County Courts at Law 7 and 8, Master Courts 1 and 2, the Child Protection Court, and District Clerk staff.
In attendance at the ceremony were many County officials and judicial leaders, including County Judge Ramon Garcia, Pct. 1 Commissioner A. C. Cuellar, Jr., Pct. 2 Commissioner Hector "Tito" Palacios, Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, 92nd State District Ricardo Rodriguez, 139th State District Judge Bobby Flores, County Court at Law 4 Judge Fred Garza, County Court at Law 5 Judge Arnoldo Cantu, County Court at Law 6 Judge Albert Garcia, County Court at Law 8 Judge Rolando Cantu, Master Court 1 Judge John Rivera, Child Protection Court Judge Carlos Villalon, County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul VillarrealDistrict Clerk Laura Hinojosa, District Attorney Rene Guerra, Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chair Kelly Rivera Salazar, State Representative Terry Canales City of McAllen Commissioner Aida Ramirez, University of Texas Pan-American President Robert Nelsen, and ambassadors from the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Genesis Keren Nava, 11-year-old singing phenomenon from Elsa, sang the National Anthem, and Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia and 139th State District Judge Bobby Flores delivered remarks on behalf of the County. Judge Garcia noted that though today marked the occasion of a move to centralize the County’s judicial system back at the courthouse square, the Judicial Annex is by no means permanent solution; the County desperately needs a new courthouse. Judge Flores echoed Judge Garcia's sentiments, and conveyed great gratitude to the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court for taking the steps to make it a reality. Judge Flores also specified another major change happening at the Courthouse - the County's transition to e-filing for civil cases as per a Supreme Court mandate, and announced the E-filing Service Provider Fair held later in the day in the Courthouse lobby.
After closing remarks, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, along with all dignitaries and residents in attendance, cut the ceremonial ribbon, celebrating the opening of the Hidalgo County Courthouse Judicial Annex official. Courtroom and office open houses were held following the ceremony, with refreshments and mingling among guests.