County Judge

Description of Office 

  • 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 duties of a county judge and other county officials see the “2014 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

Education Requirements


Coordinating Body 
County Judges Education Committee
Texas Association of Counties
1210 San Antonio
Austin, Texas 78701 

Maurice Whitfield
(512) 478-8753
Toll Free: (800) 456-5974
Fax: (512) 477-1324

Texas Association of Counties is the official registrar and permanent contact for county judges hours.

Programs that qualify
Any judicial education program that meets the requirements of Rule 2 of the Rules of Judicial Education as promulgated by the Court of Criminal Appeals and approved by the County Judges Education Committee.

Filing for credit
A judge's Certification for Credit form must be completed by the judge and returned to the Texas Association of Counties upon completion of an approved program. Forms are available from the program sponsor.

Continuing education requirements
Judges are required to attain 30 hours for their first year in office and 16 hours each 12-month reporting period thereafter.

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Judicial Education Calendar.

Legal source
Government Code, Section 74.025 (effective Sept. 1, 1987)
For more information, visit the Judicial Education Center.

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 affiliate associations for this office: