But defense lawyers said the number of pending cases shouldn't affect the way a judge handles a criminal case.
"Who cares about the size of the docket?" said Todd Dupont, president of Houston's criminal defense lawyer organization. "Conversations about dockets are meaningless unless you use it as a tool of oppression, and that's just mean, and probably illegal."
Andy Kahan, a victims' advocate for the city of Houston, said victims bear the brunt of the burden when a case is delayed.
"The long wait for some of them to go to trial quite frankly is emotionally exhausting," Kahan said.