On November 2, 2004, the Honorable Oscar J. Hale, Jr., was elected by the citizens of Webb County to serve as only the second judge of the 406th Judicial District Court. Judge Hale took office on January 1, 2005. Judge Hale was re-elected to the bench on November 4, 2008, an again on November 6, 2012, and will serve his third term through 2016.
The 406th District Court was created in 1999 by the Texas Legislature to serve the County of Webb. It was created as a special district court to give preference to cases involving domestic violence, cases under the Family Code and Health and Safety Code. The Court began operations in January of 2001.
Subsequently, the board of Judges agreed to have the 406th District Court handle all the family law matters that were filed in the district court along with all of the protective orders.
Also, in March 2005, Judge Hale impaneled the first Grand Jury for the 406th Judicial District Court. In 2011, the courts agreed to distribute all cases equally
The 406th District Court also handles 25% of the general civil cases filed in Webb County. Additionally, Judge Hale presides over family law matters including adoptions, divorces, parental terminations, and protective orders.
By working with our state legislators during the 79th Legislative Session, Judge Hale was successful in expanding the jurisdiction of the 406th District Court to include concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in certain areas. This was done to assist the county courts at law with their dockets.