Tex-Arcana: Aspect of state's frontier justice lives on: Judges without law degrees
By Janet Elliott: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUSTIN — Judge Roy Bean may have been the most famous non-lawyer judge in Texas history, and a vestige of his frontier justice is alive and well in modern-day Texas.
No law degree is needed to decide criminal and civil matters at three levels — municipal, justice of the peace and constitutional county courts.
“It's an old system in that regard,” said Carl Reynolds, director of the state's Office of Court Administration.