Community Court Dedication Ceremony
Left to Right:
Dallas City Councilmember Leo V. Chaney, Jr., Administrative Judge Jay Robinson, Community Court Judge Victor Ortiz, MALIN, State Representative Terri Hodge, Former Dallas City Attorney
Former Dallas City Attorney Madeleine B. Johnson makes opening remarks at the Community Court Dedication Ceremony
Dallas Dedicates Community Court in South Dallas/Fair Park Area
Dallas’ first Community Court, where the focus of the court is to rehabilitate the defendant and restore the community, was dedicated on October 7, 2004 by Dallas City Councilmember Leo V. Chaney, Jr.. The keynote speaker for the opening was State Senator Royce West.
Serving the South Dallas/Fair Park community, the Community Court is located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. Persons arrested for ‘quality of life’, Class C misdemeanor crimes within the court’s geographical service area are arraigned and brought swiftly before the judge. Defendants who plead guilty or no contest may be ordered to perform community service restitution in South Dallas Fair Park neighborhood, the judge can also require the defendant to attend rehabilitative and educational programs.
“The Community Court is unique because offenders are held accountable to the members of the community,” Former City Attorney Madeleine Johnson said. “The Community Court gets the community involved in the criminal justice system, restores the community where the crime is committed, and also seeks to rehabilitate individuals to prevent them from committing criminal acts again.”
Typical offenses heard by the judge include assaults, manifestation of prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal dumping, and code violation.
The Community Advocacy division of the City Attorney’s Office manages the court. The court was opened on an accelerated, one-year schedule instead of the two years or more usually needed to open a community court.
South Oak Cliff Community Court
211 South Corinth St. Dallas, TX 75203 (Docket every Monday) 214-671-0777
West Dallas Community Court
2828 Fishtrap Rd. Dallas, TX 75212 (Docket every Tuesday) 214-670-9745
South Dallas Community Court
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX 75215 (Docket every Thursday) 214-670-7129