Several years ago, the staff at McKinney Performing Arts Center approached Collin County Justice of the Peace Paul Raleeh about holding “Night Court” in the historic Courtroom Theater. Raleeh was not particularly interested in expanding his or his staff’s work-week but agreed anyway. He saw this as an opportunity to make the inconvenience of court more tolerable for citizens.
“I don’t want to be a night judge but I thought, I could do this quarterly.”
“People were saying, ‘I’m innocent until proven guilty; Why do I have to take off work and find a babysitter… to come in here 8 to 5 Monday through Friday? Don’t you have something after hours?’ ”
Ever since, Raleeh has conducted the regular evening sessions.
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Courtroom Theater at the McKinney Performing Arts Center will once again be restored to its original courtroom configuration for night court with Judge Raleeh. Proceedings in the civil cases are open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m.
McKinney Performing Arts Center is located at 111 N. Tennessee Street, in the center of Historic Downtown McKinney. Administration hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. MPAC administration phone number is 972-547-2650.