First elected in 2006, Judge Rick Magnis presides over the 283rd Judicial District Court, a felony criminal court in Dallas, Texas. In almost every year since taking the bench, Judge Magnis’ court has handled more cases than any other felony court in Dallas. His cost per disposition of cases is significantly below the County average.

Judge Magnis is committed to giving non-violent offenders the opportunities and the resources necessary to change their lives. Instead of labeling young men and women who are arrested for non-violent offenses (such as possession of a small amount of drugs) as felons, works to provide them with alternatives to incarceration that do not result in a felony conviction. This makes our community safer by preventing re-offending.

Judge Magnis earned his law degree from Tulsa University and has been licensed to practice law since 1983. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Magnis served as an assistant public defender in Dallas County for 18 years.