What is a District Court Judge
The Role of a District Judge
Preside over criminal and civil preceding
Decide cases involving general civil disputes, family matters, involuntary commitments
of the mentally ill and criminal charges mostly misdemeanors and some low level
They can decide cases without a jury (bench trial)
Types of cases handled in District Court
Criminal misdemeanors, family court matters, example: Child custody/divorce, child
support, delinquency/juvenile court, truancy court, traffic violations, small claims,
abuse/neglect/dependency cases, personal injury, and DWI
Qualifications for District Court Judge
Must be a licensed attorney
Must be under the age of 72, the mandatory retirement age for judges.
All Judges are governed by the Code of Judicial Conduct.
The Code requires a judge to perform the duties of the office impartially and diligently
and sets out standards for meeting these duties.