Cochran County Judges


In early constitutions, the county judge was called "chief justice" and was appointed to a four year term by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
In 1841 the office of chief justice was made elective and in the constitutions of 1845 and 1861 the term of office was shortened to two years.Under the Constitution of 1866 the title of chief justice was changed to county judge and the term of office was again set at four years. The office was abolished under the Constitution of 1869 and reestablished by the Constitution of 1876 with an elective two year term. In 1954 a constitutional amendment passed increasing the term of office once again to four years.

The county judge serves as both the presiding officer of the commissioners court and judge of the county court. The judge's duties vary depending on the population fo the county he serves. Judges of rural counties, such as Cochran County, have broader judicial responsibilities.



I have tried to provide a biography and photograph of each person that has held the office of Cochran County Judge going back to the county's organization in 1924. This information can be accessed by clicking on the judge's name in the list to the left. If you have a biography, information, or photographs of any of the county judges or anything related to the office of Cochran County Judge that you would like to share here, please email me.

Sources: Texas State Historical Association and 2014 Guide to Texas Law for County Officials



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