Original jurisdiction in civil actions over $200 or $500, divorce, title to land, contested elections. Original jurisdiction in felony criminal matters, Juvenile matters.
12 district courts are designated criminal district courts ; some
others are directed to give preference to certain specialized
Judge Howard Tygrett
86th District Court
Court Coordinator—Kelley Blaine
Court Reporter—Patsy Berry
Baliff—Mary Ann Briggs
Elected 86th District Judge in November 2002. Re-elected without opposition in November 2006. Felony, family, and major civil case jurisdiction. BA degree from Williams College; Law Degree SMU (top 10% of class); General Attorney U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Law Clerk to Joe E. Estes, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; General practice of law for over 30 years.
The 86th District Court is the administrative court for Kaufman County.
Married to a wonderful wife, Linda (a registered nurse and Headstart Health Coordinator, Terrell ISD). Members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (former senior warden of Vestry). Member Rotary International and Lions International, Terrell Heritage Society Board, Dallas Center for the Developmentally Disabled Board President. Howard and Linda have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.