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Gray County 223rd District Court
 
223rd District Court Judge
Honorable Phil Vanderpool

FAQ's

 

·       DO I NEED A LAWYER?

            It is always best to have a lawyer to advise you, answer your questions about the legal system, and represent you in court. The Judge and the Judge’s staff cannot and will not give you legal advice.

You do have a right to represent yourself, but it is not advisable.  Whether you hire or retain an attorney is your personal decision.  In making your decision about whether to hire a lawyer, please consider how important what happens in your case is to you.  The Court Coordinator can provide you with a number for a Lawyer Referral Service or about a website to assist you.

 

·       I WANT TO SEE THE JUDGE.

            The Judge can only talk with both parties or their attorneys about a case at the same time.  You would not want the Judge to talk to the other side without you present.  The Judge and the Judge’s staff cannot and will not give you legal advice.  You and your attorney may speak with the Judge in open Court when your case is set for a hearing.

 

·       THE JUDGE HEARD MY CASE TODAY BUT DID NOT MAKE A DECISION.  WHEN WILL THE JUDGE DECIDE?

            The Judge wants to make sure his decision is the right one and must study the evidence and the law to do that.  Sometimes that is not an overnight thing.  In general, a Judge will try to reach a decision within 30 – 60 days after taking a case “under advisement.”  There is no certainty or guarantee the Judge will decide your case within that time.

 

·       WHAT HAPPENS IN A CIVIL CASE WHEN SOMEONE VIOLATES A COURT ORDER?

            Punishment for violating a Court order can only happen with a Motion, notice of the Motion and any complaint, and after a hearing.  You should consult an attorney or you may try to do that yourself.

 

·       SHOULD I PLEAD GUILTY?

            You need to decide that for yourself with the assistance of your lawyer.

 

·       WHAT PUNISHMENT/SENTENCE WILL I GET IF I PLEAD GUILTY OR DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY?

            The Judge will decide what punishment/sentence to impose based on the facts and the law applicable to your case.  Sometimes that is based on a plea bargain.  Sometimes not.  You should discuss the decision to plead guilty or not guilty with your attorney.

 

"Serving Gray County since 1928"
223rd District Court | 806-669-8014 | P.O. Box 2160 | Pampa, Texas 79066-2160