CPS Cases In Tarrant Co. Being Moved Out Of Juvenile Court

Andrew Greenstein
February 20, 2020 - 4:49 pm
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Tarrant County Board of District Judges has voted to move CPS cases that had been heard by Juvenile Court Judge Alex Kim to the Family Law Center in downtown Fort Worth.

The decision came in a meeting held behind closed doors Thursday afternoon.

“It is the opinion of the committee that the consolidation of all CPS cases into one location will improve the administration of all cases, allow for the consolidation of resources, improve communications, be cost-effective promote consistency,” the written ruling stated.

All stakeholders except Judge Kim voted to approve the plan.

In the background summary, the written ruling stated that a recent review of the local rules found that CPS cases were not being randomly assigned as required.

In deciding to consolidate all CPS cases into one facility, the board decided that splitting the cases among six judges at the Family Law Center was the better alternative than to keep them at the Scott Moore Juvenile Justice Center on Kimbo Rd.

The board also decided against allowing Judge Kim to hear CPS cases at the Family Law Center, saying that the current juvenile caseload requires him to be at the Juvenile Justice Center full time.

Several of Judge Kim’s supporters gathered outside the closed-door meeting, saying that moving the CPS cases out of his courtroom is unjustified.

The meeting came after Judge Kim was recused from the Baby Tinslee case after he addressed a staunchly pro-life group after issuing a restraining order in the case.

Today’s ruling made no mention of that case.

Judge Kim reacted to the decision upon leaving the courtroom following the meeting.

“You have to respect the process,” Judge Kim said. “You have to respect all parts of the Constitution one way or another. And so the Board of District Judges voted, they thought was best and, you know, that's just the way the process is.

“If you're asking me if I'm disappointed, if I'm going to go have a beer anything? No, I'm not. That's not the issue. The issue is, this is part of the process and we just need to respect that.”

All CPS cases currently assigned to Judge Kim will be reassigned by Oct. 1.