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Waco Court of Appeals denies first mandamus petition filed against Judge Bennett

Updated 5 months ago

A mandamus petition is when a party seeks a preliminary decision from the court of appeals before a trial judge has rendered a final judgment. Here, the Waco Court of …

Waco Court of Appeals Affirms First Jury Verdict in Case Presided Over by Judge Bennett

Updated 5 months ago

The Waco Court of Appeals affirmed the jury’s verdict in the first jury trial presided over by Judge Bennett. The jury had convicted George Anthony Spratt of human trafficking and …

Third Jury Trial in 474th District Court and Sixth for Judge Bennett

Updated 6 months ago

Judge Bennett presided over the third jury trial heard in the 474th District Court (the sixth jury trial he had presided over) in a custody dispute between divorced parents. The …

Fifth Jury Trial

Updated 7 months ago

Judge Bennett presided over his fifth jury trial, sitting for Judge Susan Kelly, in the 54th District Court in the case of State v. Joe Herrera. The jury convicted Herrera …

Waco Court of Appeals Dismisses First Juvenile Appeal

Updated 8 months ago

The Waco Court of Appeals dismisses the first juvenile appeal taken from the 474th District Court because of the appellant’s failure to follow the required procedures.

Fourth Jury Trial for Judge Bennett

Updated 10 months ago

Judge Bennett presided over his fourth jury trial, sitting for Judge Susan Kelly, in the 54th District Court in the case of State of Texas v. Johnathan Leland Estes. The …

Almost Halfway to Initial Fundraising Goal

Updated 10 months ago

I am pleased to announce that in less than 2 months of fund raising by word of mouth and a letter writing campaign, we have raised over $12,000 in contributions …

Texas Supreme Court Denies Review

Updated 10 months ago

The Supreme Court denied review on August 4, 2023, of the first appeal taken from the 474th District Court. This means, unless the Supreme Court grants rehearing, the judgment of …

Six Month Progress Report

Updated 12 months ago

The 474th District Court has disposed of 265 cases since Judge Alan Bennett took office in January 2023. This includes 153 civil and family law cases and 112 juvenile cases. …

Waco Court of Appeals affirms the first judgment appealed

Updated 1 year ago

The Waco Court of Appeals affirms the first judgment appealed from a decision of the 474th District Court in In the Interest of L.N., a Child, a case involving termination …

Second jury trial in the 474th District

Updated 1 year ago

Judge Bennett presides over second jury trial heard in the 474th District Court, another personal injury case arising from a collision between a semi and a pickup truck. The case …

First bench trial in the 474th District

Updated 1 year ago

Judge Bennett presides over first bench (non-jury) trial as Juvenile Court. The juvenile respondent pleaded true to 2 different allegations of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. After hearing the …

First jury trial in the 474th District

Updated 1 year ago

Judge Bennett presides over first jury trial heard in the 474th District Court, a personal injury case arising from a collision between a semi and a pickup truck. The case …

Judge Bennett’s first jury trial

Updated 1 year ago

Judge Bennett presides over first jury trial, sitting for Judge Susan Kelly, in the 54th District Court in the case of State of Texas v. George Anthony Spratt. The jury …

Oath of office

Updated 1 year ago

Judge Alan Bennett takes the oath of office before a packed house for his investiture ceremony. Judge Alan Bennett presides over the first juvenile hearings conducted by the 474th District …

Appointment

Updated 1 year ago

Governor Greg Abbott appoints Alan Bennett as the very first Judge of the 474th District Court of McLennan County