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District Court Judge 296th

4-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a practicing lawyer, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for cases including felony criminal cases, civil cases with higher amounts of controversy, and family law matters.

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    John R. Roach

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Education J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law B.A., University of Texas at Austin
Experience 2007 - Present, Judge of the 296th District Court. 2006 - Present, Judge, North Texas Veterans Court 1988-2006, United States Marine Corps Reserves, Active Duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Twitter @judgeroach
My priorities this next term is to continue to handle the growth of my court's docket as efficiently as I have over the last 12 years. As a general jurisdiction court i hear family, civil, felony criminal cases and cases involving Child Protective Services. With the growth in Collin County the number of cases assigned to each district court is growing rapidly. It is imperative Collin County maintains a competent and experienced judiciary to handle the number and complexity of these cases.

I am also the Presiding Judge of the North Texas Veterans Court which is a specialized court handling the unique issues facing veterans returning to civilian life. The North Texas Veterans Court is the first regional veterans court in the United States. I handle my normal 296th docket Monday through Thursday and I preside over veterans courts in Collin, Rockwall, Grayson, Fannin and Kaufman counties. I want to continue to serve our veteran community.