District Judge of the 420th Judicial District Court
Judge Edwin Klein
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People who are at Increased Risk for Severe Illness (such as older adults and people with certain Medical Conditions)
as well as other members of vulnerable populations, who may need extra precautions in order to be protected from
contracting COVID-19, may contact the Court and receive accommodations and may not be required to personally appear
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The Purpose of the 420th Judicial District Court is to justly decide the controversies presented.
We do that by...
- Treating all people with dignity, courtesy, civility and respect.
- Listening carefully, considering conscientiously, and deciding wisely.
- Applying the law with impartiality and integrity.
- Providing a forum that is fair, in a setting that is dignified, safe and clean.
- Recognizing the Court’s responsibility to protect the rights of all citizens.
- Acknowledging the Court’s duty to encourage where possible, and to compel to where appropriate, every citizen to carry out the responsibilities owed to one’s family, community, state and nation.
Duties of Judge Edwin Klein
District Courts are the primary trial courts in the Texas justice system. Trial courts are courts in which witnesses are heard, exhibits are offered into evidence, and a verdict (in a jury trial) or a decision (in a case tried by a judge alone) is reached based on the facts of the case. A trial court has one judge. The presiding judge of the 420th Judicial District Court is Ed Klein.
District Courts are courts of general jurisdiction and have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases, divorce cases, juvenile cases, CPS (Child Protective Services) cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount in controversy (the amount of money or damages involved) is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, some courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters.
District Courts also have many duties relating to their criminal cases. The judges can hear bond forfeitures from cases in their courts, conduct arraignments, set bond amounts, empanel grand juries, and issue search and arrest warrants. The geographical area served by the 420th Judicial District Court is Nacogdoches County.