1st Administrative Judicial Region
The Honorable Ray Wheless, Presiding Judge
The state is divided into eleven administrative judicial regions. The office of the First Administrative Judicial Region (1st AJR) is located in McKinney, Texas. The 1st AJR was created by the legislature in 1927 and currently covers 7 counties (listed below).
Presiding Judge Ray Wheless was appointed by the Governor in 2018. The duties of the presiding judge include promulgating and implementing regional rules of administration, advising local judges on judicial management, recommending changes to the Supreme Court for the improvement of judicial administration, and acting for local administrative judges in their absence. The presiding judges also have the authority to assign visiting judges to hold court when necessary to dispose of accumulated business in the region.