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District and County Attorney

Description of Office

District Attorney

  • Represents the state in prosecuting felony criminal cases.
  • Works with law enforcement officers in the investigation of criminal cases.
  • Presents cases to the grand jury.
  • Represents victims of violence in protective orders and represents the state in removing children from abusive households.

County Attorney

  • Represents the state in prosecuting misdemeanor criminal cases.
  • Works with law enforcement officers in the investigation of criminal cases.
  • Provides legal advice to the Commissioners Court and to other elected officials.
  • Brings civil enforcement actions on behalf of the state or county.

Some counties do not have both a County Attorney and a District Attorney. These counties have either a Criminal District Attorney or a combination County and District Attorney. In these counties, one office performs the functions of both the County Attorney and the District Attorney.

For more complete information about the duties of a county and district attorney and other county officials, see the “2016 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."

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

Education Requirements​

Coordinating body
State Bar of Texas
Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Division
P.O. Box 13007
Austin, Texas 78711

MCLE Division
(512) 463-1463 Ext. 2106
Toll Free: (800) 204-2222 ext. 2106
The State Bar of Texas is the permanent contact for attorney hours.
Programs that qualify
Any approved by the State Bar of Texas.
Filing for credit
Attendance is tracked at each qualifying MCLE course using a computer course Attendance form. This form must be submitted to the State Bar of Texas MCLE Division by the MCLE sponsor to earn proper credit. Be sure to fill out an attendance form when available at any education seminar you attend.
Continuing education requirements
Attorneys are required to attain 15 hours every 12-month period, with that 12-month period being based on your birth month, ten hours must be earned in a formal classroom setting and up to five hours may be earned in self-study. Three hours must be devoted to legal ethics/professional responsibility and one of the three hours may be earned in self-study.
Legal source
V.T.C.A., Tex. Gov’t. Code, Title 2, Subt. G, App. A, State Bar of Texas Rules, Art. 12, Sec. 6

Open Government Training Information

Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website​.

County Official Organizations

The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.
The association for this office: