​Texas County Judge

What is a County Judge?

Depending on the size of the county, the county judge has a wide range of judicial and administrative duties and is the presiding officer of the commissioners court.

What Does a County Judge Do in Texas?

  • Presiding officer of the commissioners court
  • Represents the county in many administrative functions
  • Serves as budget officer in counties with fewer than 225,000 residents
  • Most have broad judicial duties, such as presiding over misdemeanor criminal and small civil cases, probate matters and appeals from the Justice of the Peace Court
  • Serves as head of emergency management

For more complete information about the responsibilities of a county judge and other county officials see the “2018 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."

Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

County Judge Requirements

New judges must obtain 30 credit hours in their first 12 months and 1.33 hours (16 hours/12 months) for each month afterward until the end of the current reporting period.

See the full continuing education requirements and more.

Legal source: Government Code, Section 74.025 (effective Sept. 1, 1987)