Fifth Court of Appeals
On January 30, 2018, the Fifth Court of Appeals held inaugural oral arguments in the historic Dallas County Merrill Hartman Courtroom located on the 8th Floor of the George Allen Sr. Courts Building. Thanks to a joint effort between the Dallas County Commissioners, the Dallas District Courts, and the Fifth Court of Appeals, the Merrill Hartman Courtroom’s judicial bench was redesigned to accommodate the 13 appellate court justices in en banc settings as well as 3 member panels. The Fifth Court of Appeals also serves as the disaster recovery site for the nine member Texas Supreme Court. Both appellate courts, and district courts will utilize the courtroom.
Upon final completion of renovations, a re-dedication ceremony is planned on a date to be determined in April 2018.