In 1885, the Texas Bench-Bar book said:
“A Texas judge should be not only a clear-headed lawyer and a man of sound judgment, but he should have the courage to form and deliver his opinions regardless of danger or threats, and sometimes to pronounce judgment with a pair of pistols laying conspicuously upon his desk.”

Only in Texas!

“I feel honored to have been twice elected to serve the citizens of Bowie and Cass counties as their District Judge. Every day we handle matters related to crimes, families, or civil complaints and I feel blessed to have been offered the trust of the District’s citizens to fairly decide these issues. Fairness, above all else, accurate application of the law, an opportunity to be heard, integrity, and justice are my goals every day. I look forward to continuing to deliver fair and impartial justice in the years to come.”

— Judge Bill Miller


Judge Bill Miller has served as Presiding Judge of the 5th Judicial District of Texas since January 2015, when he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry. Re-elected by the citizens of Bowie and Cass counties in 2016 and again in 2020, the 5th Judicial District is a trial court handling all manner of cases. With a general jurisdiction including all civil actions of more than $500 in controversy, family matters, as well as criminal cases, Judge Miller considers it all, as provided in the Texas Constitution.

“I am honored to have been twice re-elected to serve the citizens of Bowie and Cass Counties as District Judge since 2015 and look forward to continuing to represent the District’s citizens in the criminal and civil justice systems,” Judge Miller said.

Bringing Relevant Experience to the Bench Since 2015

  • Broad judicial experience hearing a wide range of family, criminal, and civil cases
  • Closed more than 13,000 cases since becoming judge
  • A clear record of protecting our community

Serving the Judicial Community

  • is a Chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas’ Judicial Section and Chair of the Board for 2024-2025
  • has served on the Texas Judicial Region 10 Budget Committee since 2018
  • currently serves as technology chairman for the Texas Association of District Judges

History of Service in the Law Community

  • served three years as a member of the State Bar of Texas’ executive committee and Board of Directors and two years on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • was Chairman of the State Bar of Texas’ Law Practice Committee from 2010-2015
  • served as President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Secretary of the Texarkana Bar Association, and President of the Northeast Texas Bar Association

Judge Miller and his wife, Jessica, have three sons.

In addition to serving on local and state-wide legal and judicial organizations, Judge Miller served 10 years as a member of the Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller Counties, Inc., 3 years as a Board Member of the Texarkana Museum Systems and was elected as Texarkana, Texas City Council member for Ward 5 from 2011 until appointed as District Judge in 2015. Judge Miller also continues to serve as a high school soccer referee in Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas as well as a soccer referee for the United States Soccer Federation. Judge Miller served in Moores Lane First Baptist Church’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 16 (all three sons are Eagle Scouts) and continues to serve BSA’s Caddo Area Council, a member of St. James Episcopal Church, and former Trustee of St. James Day School in Texarkana.