Court of courts discuss future of Multi-county Court at Law

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Officials from Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan counties met in a court of courts Monday, discussing ideas for an interlocal agreement to fund the state’s first Multi-county Court at Law. (Staff Photo)

Officials from Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan counties met Monday morning to deliberate about funding structures for a legal court shared by each county, as well as the fallback to potential legislation if an agreement could not be reached. The court of commissioners courts agreed to divide court expenses based on each county’s annual caseload.

It was in September 2013 when an act of Texas Legislature created the first Multi-county Court at Law to replace the Nolan County Court, which had recently dissolved. As the county with the largest population, Nolan County as named the administrator of the court and by 2015 was receiving $153,000 annual contribution from the state to fund the multi-county court.

The multi-county court was overseen by the commissioners or the three counties, and while the court proposed increases to budgetary compensation for the court administrator and court reporter from 2012 to 2016, the proposals denied. Unilaterally, the Nolan County Commissioners

Court determined compensation for those positions.

In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott enacted house bill 4281 relating to the multi-County Court.

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