The Honorable Sandra Wattshas served as the Presiding Judge of the 117th District Court for 15 years.

Description of Office

District courts generally have the following jurisdiction:

  • Original jurisdiction in all criminal cases of the grade of felony and misdemeanors involving official misconduct
  • Cases of divorce
  • Suits for title to land or enforcement of liens on land
  • Contested elections
  • Suits for slander or defamation
  • Suits on behalf of the State for penalties, forfeitures and escheat


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