State Representative Jim Pitts announced Monday the creation of the 443rd Judicial District in Ellis County.

After being approved by the Texas Legislature during the 83rd Regular Session, the new district will become effective on Sept. 1, 2014. Once established, Ellis County will have three district courts and two county courts at law.

I am very proud that the legislature recognized the incredible growth Ellis County has experienced and that our community needs another district court, said Rep. Pitts. The creation of a new district court will ensure that our Ellis County residents are able to get the due process that they are entitled and that the case load is manageable for our district judges and court staff.

Pitts filed House Bill 1793 to create the new judicial district, but the district was ultimately included in an omnibus bill, H.B. 3153 by Rep. Lewis, which was signed by Governor Perry.