Governor names judge for new Central Texas district court

Coryell County Courthouse. (Staff photo/file)
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Gov. Greg Abbott Friday named a Baylor Law School graduate as judge of a new state district court in Coryell County that’s set to open for business on Jan. 2 in Gatesville.

Grant Kinsey, 43, of Gatesville is now in private practice.

"I was extremely pleased to get the call this morning," he said Friday.

"I was really excited."

Kinsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University in agricultural communications and his law degree from Baylor.

He’s a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and a former member of the McLennan County Bar Association,” Abbott’s office said in a press release Friday.

He’s a director of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Committee and the Gatesville Lions Club.

The last session of the Texas Legislature cleared the way to organize the 440th District Court and went to far as to name 52nd District Judge Trent Farrell as the administrative judge in Coryell County.

The county’s commissioners court had to find a place for the court to meet, including judge’s chambers, a jury room and space for a court reporter, all of which has been done.

The new court will be housed in the county’s annex building, across the street from the main courthouse, and the court suite will include the courtroom, a jury room, the judge’s chambers and other ancillary office space the court might need.

In his role as administrative judge, Farrell will decide which case load and how much will be moved to the new court.

It could include both criminal and civil cases, but the administrative judge also can decide to divide that case load and have all criminal cases sent to one court and all civil issues to the other.