Assignment of Judges to Active Duty
in the Trial Courts
The State is divided into nine Administrative Judicial Regions, in each of which a Presiding Judge is
designated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. These presiding judges are authorized by Sections 74.054
and 74.056, Government Code, to assign judges of their respective regions for service on courts other than those to
which they were elected. Judges who may be assigned are regular, retired ("Senior"), and former district judges, and
regular, retired, and former statutory county court judges.
The presiding judge of one administrative judicial region may request that the presiding judge of another
region furnish judges for assignment in the region of the
requesting judge. The Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court also is authorized by Section 74.057, Government
Code, to assign judges of one administrative judicial
region for service in another. The Chief Justice may
also assign active and retired appellate judges to the trial
During the year ended August 31, 1997, a total
of 7,632 assignments were made to the trial courts of the
State and 24,802 days were served by the judges on
assignment. Assuming 250 working days per year, this
service was the equivalent of 100 full-time judges being
added to the trial courts of the state.
Retired and former judges who served during
the year totaled 235. These judges received 6,901
assignments and served 23,886 days -- the equivalent of
adding 96 full-time judges to active service during the
Active judges serving a regular court were
assigned to courts in other areas 658 times. These
judges served 822 days, adding the equivalent of 4 full-time judges to service.
The highest number of assignments were made
within or to the Second Administrative Judicial Region
(Houston area) with 1,524 assignments and 5,822 days
of service and the First Administrative Judicial Region
(Dallas area) with 1,398 assignments and 5,557 days of
The nine administrative regions made a total of 685 assignments of their resident judges for service in other regions: First (49); Second (154); Third (221); Fourth (39); Fifth (2); Sixth (22); Seventh (50); Eighth (103); and Ninth (45).