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Winkler County Judge


Judge Charles M. Wolf

Debbie Simmons, Administrative Assistant

100 East Winkler
First Floor Courthouse
Kermit, TX 79745
 P.O. Drawer Y
Kermit, TX 79745
(432) 586-6658 (432)586-3223 (fax)

County Judge

The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of county judge, who presides over a five-member commissioners court, which has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations. The county judge handles such widely varying matters as hearings for beer and wine license applications, hearing on admittance to state hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, juvenile work permits and temporary guardianships for special purposes. The judge is also responsible for calling elections, posting election notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. The county judge may perform marriages. A county judge in Texas may have judicial responsibility for certain criminal, civil and probate matters - responsibility for these functions vary from county to county. In those counties in which the judge has judicial responsibilities, the judge has appellate jurisdiction over matters arising from the justice courts. The county judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and in counties under 225,000 population, the judge prepares the county budget along with the county auditor or county clerk.

Proper Attire

ATTENTION WINKLER COUNTY COURT DRESS CODE TO ALL PERSONS ATTENDING WINKLER COUNTY COURT:

THE APPROPRIATE DRESS  FOR WINKLER COUNTY COURT IS AS FOLLOWS:

1.                 No Shorts

2.                 No Tank Tops

3.                 No Suggestive T-Shirts

4.                 Clothes need to be clean and neat.

5.                 No hats or caps will be worn in the courtroom.

6.                 No underclothing should be visible at any time.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
    
Conduct Required of All Persons while Court is in Session

  • No reading of newspapers or magazines. 
  • No bringing of bottles, paper cups, or beverage containers into the courtroom.
  • No bringing of edibles into the courtroom at any time.
  • No propping of feet on tables, chairs, or benches.
  • No making noises or talking which interferes with the court procedures.
  • Before entering a courtroom where court is in session, a person should first remove overcoat, hat, cigars, etc.
  • No person should, by any facial expression, shaking of the head, or any other conduct, exhibit approval or disapproval of any testimony elicited or any statement or transaction which has occurred in the courtroom.

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