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)