Presiding Judge and Director of Court Services


Judge Scott E. Kurth has been the full-time Presiding Judge of the DeSoto Municipal Court since October 1, 2013.  Prior to that time; Judge Kurth worked part-time as the Magistrate at the Tri-Cities Jail, Associate Judge and later served as the Presiding Judge of the DeSoto Municipal Court for 26 years. Judge Kurth is a graduate of Baylor University where he also obtained his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in August 1982. He scored in the top 10% of those lawyers taking the Texas Bar Exam in 1982. Judge Kurth has served on the faculty of the Texas Municipal Court’s Education Center, which agency is charged with providing continuing education to the Justices of the Peace and Municipal Court Judges in Texas. In order to better serve the Spanish-speakers, Judge Kurth has become a fluent Spanish speaker to communicate effectively with those persons who appear in his court or who find themselves in the Tri-City Jail.

​Since October 1, 2013, Judge Kurth has sought to completely overhaul and modernize the policies and procedures of the DeSoto Municipal Court. He has written and published Local Rules for the DeSoto Municipal Court to provided citizens and attorneys alike with a guide to the court’s policies and procedures. He initiated, oversaw, and completed the conversion of the Court to a paperless operation. Judge Kurth has helped to greatly reduce the amount of time citizens accused of crimes are held in the Tri-City Jail through the initiation of a video magistrate system whereby persons arrested are seen by Judge Kurth by recorded video during one of three video sessions each day.

Further, police officers are no longer required to leave their offices to travel to Judge Kurth to present warrants for signature. Instead, they are able to use the video system from their phones to execute warrants. This innovation has saved the police officers countless hours in lost travel time alone and has made the process of executing search and arrest warrants on those accused of criminal offenses much faster and more efficient.