Montgomery County commissioners unanimously approved to support the creation of a new court at law during a Jan. 26 meeting. The new court will bring the county's total to six once it is officially created by the Texas Legislature.

This follows a presentation during a Jan. 12 meeting in which Chad Peace, Montgomery County Office of Court Administration director, spoke on the need for a new court at law.

Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said the new court will be created and funded by January 2023.

"It was favorable to everybody, and it gives us time to come up with funding for the budget," Noack said.

According to information from Peace, Montgomery County currently has five courts at law, each of which averages around 3,476 cases per year. The new court, he said, will help lighten caseloads and help the county prepare for future growth.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said he will speak Jan. 26 with Texas Rep. Will Metcalf, R-Conroe, to get the court approved through the Legislature.