240th District Court

In compliance with the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance regarding Mass Gatherings or Large Community

Events, the Supreme Court of Texas First Emergency Order Regarding The COVID-19 State of Disaster issued on March 13, 2020, and out of a concern for public health, safety and wellbeing, 240th District Court is extending its cancellation of all criminal and civil dockets through May 8, 2020


However, all criminal cases will need to be reset in accordance with 240th District Court’s policy and procedure. To ensure the health and safety of court staff and the public, the Court has adopted the following procedure:  


  • Off docket resets are allowed on all pending cases (ON BOND) with a scheduled court appearance up to May 8, 2020.No appearances are being requested or expected for any of these court resets.


  • No inmates are being brought over from the jail thru May 8, 2020.If you have an inmate on the court’s docket, please email the coordinator for a new date without a reset required.These can be rolled over to a next available date.


  • There will not be a prosecutor or clerk in the courtroom thru May 8, 2020.Prosecutors will only be on “stand-by” for any pleas, or essential matters that need to be handled.You will need to email; or to have any pleas worked out before court and to notify of any essential hearings.


  • Only essential hearings or emergencies can be scheduled with the court upon request by email to the coordinator. This applies to criminal and civil cases.


  • Emailed resets are the preferred method.We do not want anyone making appearances to bring a signed original reset or sending their clients to sign a reset with the court.It is the attorney’s responsibility to get their clients signature and email the reset back to the coordinator at


  • All civil hearings thru May 8, 2020 are to be rescheduled with the court by emailing the coordinator at;


  • Please efile a notice of hearing for all civil cases with the District Clerk’s Office.


  • Civil Trials on the March 31st and April 28th trial docket will need a new DCO or Scheduling Order in place. Please email the court for new dates.


Criminal Attorneys: Please distribute the 240th criminal reset within your office to use and please leave the court date blank as the court will make that determination.  We just need signatures from defense attorneys and defendants and email back to the court on or before May 8, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the court coordinator, Sheila Shifferly at 281-3418600 or email:

Honorable Frank J. Fraley, Judge


Judge Frank J Fraley graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Medical Technology in 1976 and from Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a JD in 1990. Since that time, he has worked as a Supervisor Medical Technologist at the VAMC in Houston, Texas and had a general trial practice in Fort Bend and surrounding counties since 1991. Judge Fraley has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, bankruptcy, family law and probate law. Since 2002 Judge Fraley primarily focused on personal injury and criminal defense.

Judge Fraley is married with three sons and three grandchildren. He and his wife faithfully participate in their church’s Touchpoint Ministry and board of directors. Judge Fraley is an active participant in Career Day School Activities in Fort Bend and surrounding counties.

My goal is to give everyone a fair trial. I will read your petitions, motions and briefs. I will listen to your arguments and make a ruling based on my interpretation of the law. I will assist you in getting your disputed facts decided by a judge or jury.”


240th Judicial District Court
Mailing Address: 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469
Telephone: 281-341-8600

Physical Address: Fort Bend County Justice Center, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469
Courtroom: 3E

View the 240th District Court Rules of Practice.