Today is a Veterans Day! Thank you to all of the veterans who have served and protected our freedoms. If you know a vet, thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Judge, 5th Judicial District of Texas "Political advertising paid for by Bill Miller in compliance with the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act." Raised in Bowie County, Texas and practicing law since 1996, on January 8, 2015, Judge Miller was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to fill the vacancy left by newly elected Court of Appeals Justice Ralph Burgess.
Taking the oath of office January 13, 2015, his appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Texas Senate on March 24, 2015. As the presiding district judge of the 5th District Court of Texas, serving both Bowie and Cass counties, Judge Miller has served the citizens of both counties since taking the oath of office January 13, 2015 presiding over felony criminal prosecutions, family law matters and civil litigation. Judge Miller was licensed by the Texas Supreme Court for all Texas trial and appellate courts in 1996 and also licensed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to appear before all Arkansas trial and appellate courts in 1997. As a practicing attorney, Judge Miller was admitted to appear in the United States Courts for the Eastern District of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Northern District Court of Texas. He also was admitted to appear before the Eastern and Western United States District Courts of Arkansas; the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Miller has been an active member of the State Bar of Texas, serving on the State Bar’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009 and as an Executive Committee member from 2006 to 2008. He served as President of the 36,000+ member Texas Young Lawyers Association in 2007-2008; the TYLA’s Executive Committee from 2004-2009; served as State Bar’s Chairman of the Law Practice Management Committee from 2010 to 2015; was a member of the State Bar’s Committee Review Task Force in 2008 and 2010; the State Bar’s Task Force on Insurance Disclosure in 2008-2009 and the State Bar’s Jury Service Committee from 2004-2007. Judge Miller is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Miller has continued his service to the legal profession by serving on the State Bar’s Judicial Section Board and as the technology chairman for the Texas Association of District Judges. On the local level, Judge Miller has been a member of the Texarkana Bar Association since 1996, served as the Bar’s Secretary in 2005-2006; President of the Northeast Texas Bar Association in 2008 and its Vice-President in 2007. On the National level, Judge Miller has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1996 and served as a Texas Delegate to the ABA’s House of Delegates in 2007-2008 and as a Texas Delegate to the ABA’s YLD Assembly in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In addition to practicing law, from 2011 through 2015, Judge Miller served as a member of the Texarkana, Texas City Council as the Ward 5 Councilman. Judge Miller graduated from Texas High School in 1989, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1993 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech School of Law in 1996. A life long member of St. James Church in downtown Texarkana, Judge Miller has strong tries to Northeast Texas as Judge Miller’s family migrated from Delta and Gregg Counties to live in Bowie County in 1977. He practiced law with Patton, Haltom, Roberts, McWilliams & Greer; Patton Roberts, McWilliams, Greer & Capshaw; Greer, McCasland & Miller, and Greer & Miller, LLP in Texarkana. In addition to his service as a Texarkana, Texas City Council member, Judge Miller was an active member of the Literacy Council of Bowie and Miller Counties, Inc. from 2001 through 2011; was a member of the Texarkana Museum Systems Board of Directors from 2008 through 2011; is a member of the St. James Day School Board of Trustees, a board member of the Texarkana United Soccer Association and has been an active United States Soccer Federation and UIL soccer referee since 1996. In Judge Miller’s positions with the State Bar of Texas and the City of Texarkana, he was required to deal with multi-million dollar budgets, policy analysis and oversight, as well as the leadership of the organizations resulting from his elections to those positions. As a practicing lawyer, Judge Miller handled a wide range of litigation and represented clients throughout Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas. As District Judge, Judge Miller has disposed of over 8,300 cases since taking the bench January 13, 2015.
Today is a Veterans Day! Thank you to all of the veterans who have served and protected our freedoms. If you know a vet, thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Our Local Health Authority, due to increasing local COVID-19 hospitalizations and increases in positive testing across the county, has recommended the jury selection at the Texarkana Convention Center scheduled for November 10, 2020 be cancelled. Accordingly, if you have been summoned for the Jury selection set for November 10, 2020 you do not need to report. Please contact the Bowie County District Clerk's office (903) 628-6750 if you have any questions.
The 5th District Court is planning on trying an additional case in August and also beginning to plan a regular trial schedule starting in September. Of course, the current Coronavirus situation is constantly being monitored with our Local Heath Authority and the State Health Authorities and we will make adjustments as necessary. We will continue to conduct non-jury hearings through Zoom video-conferencing and limited in-person hearings. Thank you all for your patience and assistance as we keep our Justice System moving forward.
This summer, judges have experimented with socially distanced jury trials by using high school auditoriums. With three trials so far, courts have already learned how to improve proceedings.
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Thank you to all of the prospective jurors who appeared today at the New Boston High School auditorium for jury service. We qualified citizens for two jury trials, one next week and one the week after. We had a great response, considering all of the Covid-19 concerns, and everyone was very patient as we converted our normal operations to make it work in this new environment. Thank you also to Brian Bobbitt and all of @NBISD for lending their facilities to the courts to allow us to social distance and continue to conduct our Constitutional mandate for jury trials, and for helping our Justice System to continue to operate.
Yesterday was National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Today, we have a number of possible Tornados blowing through Bowie and Cass Counties even while COVID 19 is blowing around too. Many people have had to shelter at home because of Coronavirus and, today, actual storms. Tomorrow who knows. Please remember our FIRST RESPONDERS are out there no matter what. They are storm watchers of every kind, but they don't just watch. They jump in front of danger of every kind to protect us no matter the conditions. If you know one, tell them thank you.
The Texas Supreme Court has now entered its 10th Emergency Order. This one affects consumer debt collection cases. If you have questions about the Order, contact your attorney or call a lawyer.
Many places across Texas are now in "shelter at home" status. The Supreme Court of Texas has issued another ORDER related to custody and visitation. Family or divorce court orders for visitation, custody and travel to exchange children ARE NOT MODIFIED because of city or county stay at home orders.
With all of the craziness of the Coronavirus, be aware the Texas Supreme Court has issued an ORDER relating to Child Custody and Visitation. School closures and Spring Break extensions DO NOT modify the visitation periods.
"For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the original published school schedule shall control in all instances. Possession and access shall not be affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic, including what is commonly referred to as the COVID-19 pandemic."
And wash your hands.
Yesterday, the Texas Office of Court Administration and the presiding regional judges, including the presiding regional judge covering Bowie, Cass and Red River counties, have now recommended that all jury trials and non-essential hearings be suspended through at least the end of the month. Likewise, this morning the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott Declared a "State of Emergency" regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 (https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-declares-state-of-disaster-in-texas-due-to-covid-19)
Consistent with the recommendations from the regional presiding judge and the Texas Office of Court Administration, for our Courts in Bowie County, all jury trials scheduled for the weeks of March 17 and March 24, 2020 will be postponed so as not to gather a large crowd of individuals from across the County in one place. In Cass County, we will also be postponing Jury trials until after April 1, 2020 and will also be postponing non-essential in-court hearings. Further postponement of non-essential hearings and Jury trials will be considered in conjunction with any orders issued by National, State or Local Health Authorities, as well as any orders issued by the County Judge and/or Sheriff in relation to courthouse operations as well as Texas OCA recommendations at that time.
Contact information for the respective Court coordinators as well as the District Clerks office is on the Bowie County and Cass County websites if you have questions. If you have a civil or family law matter pending in the 5th Judicial District Court, my coordinators will be contacting the attorney of record or pro se litigants. Please do not ask questions here on Facebook.
WHEREAS, as of March 13, 2020, there are more than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-l 9 located in multiple Texas counties; and
Thank you all for all of you comments and posts of support and congratulations! Even through we had an election Tuesday, we still picked a jury and had a trial Wednesday, Thursday and late Friday night. Thank you to the Jury for their hard work in getting that case resolved!!
However, because we still had a trial to take care of, I'm probably behind on getting campaign signs picked up! If you have a yard sign still, let me know and we will get it picked up! Thank you Bowie and Cass counties!
Of all of the Republican Judicial Primary Elections across the Great State of Texas yesterday, only two other races had a greater percentage margin of victory. At 73.4% (almost 3 to 1 across two counties) only the 347th District Court (Corpus Christi) and the 380th (Collin County) had a larger margin of victory! THANK YOU BOWIE AND CASS counties for making your voices heard. THANK YOU also for all of the congratulations! The voters of Bowie and Cass counties should have been heard loud & clear with regard to the 5th Judicial District Court of Texas.
However, there is never any rest for the weary! Despite a late night of election activities, we were hard at work this morning picking a jury on another criminal Jury trial, in the Bowie County Courthouse. It is scheduled to last the rest of the week. This is Jury Trial No. 6 this year in the Bill Miller, Judge 5th Judicial District Court Make plans to come watch one sometime. If you haven't served on a jury before, there is nothing like watching a real trial to see how our Justice System truly works.
Today is the day! If you aren't sure of your polling place, these are the complete lists for Bowie county for voters in the Republican primary.
Cass county can be found here:https://newtools.cira.state.tx.us/upload/page/1176/2019%20Election/Polling%20Locations%20Cass.pdf
HAPPY TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY!
On this day in 1836, Texas became a republic. On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point (by DeKalb) met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution of independence. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. Two years later in May 24, 1838, the Republic of Texas created the first 5th Judicial District covering 25,000+ square miles (all or part of 37 Texas counties today) and one Judge. The 5th Judicial District Court has a long history. Let's make Texas proud and re-elect Judge Bill Miller to continue that tradition! Please go Vote Tomorrow and exercise the rights our Texas Founders stood for 184 years ago today!
ALERT!! POLLING PLACE CHANGE!! Election note for Tuesday, if you normally vote at Pleasant Grove High School, YOUR POLLING PLACE HAS CHANGED! 5C WILL CAST THEIR VOTES AT Richmond Road Baptist Church, 5805 Richmond Road, Texarkana, NOT PG High School.
As you prepare to GO VOTE Tuesday for which person should rule on the cases before the 5th District Court, here are a few facts according to the Federal PACER system (online public access) and the Bowie and Cass County District Clerks’ Public Docket Records. I would ask you to consider these facts before making your decision on who should be the judge for the next 4 years:
CRIMINAL LAW MATTERS
In the last 5 years, I have closed over 4,200 criminal cases, including presiding over jury trials for Murders, Aggravated Sexual Assaults, Sexual Abuse of Children, Indecency with Children, Aggravated Robberies, Aggravated Assaults, Evading Arrest, and many other 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree felonies, as well as considering pleas for thousands of felony cases.
In the last 20 years, my opponent has handled 2 criminal plea hearings, 1 in Bowie County and 1 in federal court, and 3 motions to revoke probation in Bowie county. My opponent handled 0 criminal trials in Bowie County, 0 criminal trials in Cass County, and 0 criminal trials in federal court.
FAMILY LAW MATTERS
In the last 5 years, I have closed over 2,500 family law cases, including non-jury trials for divorces with and without children, Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship, child support determinations, parental terminations, custody decisions, visitation decisions, and adoptions.
In the last 20 years, my opponent has handled 3 family law matters in Bowie County: 1 divorce with no children, 1 child support matter after the divorce, and 1 motion to modify. My opponent has handled 0 family matters in Cass County or federal court.
CIVIL LAW MATTERS
In the last 5 years, I have closed over 1,500 civil cases, including presiding over jury and non-jury trials for breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, deceptive trade practices act violations, anti-SLAPP litigation (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation), adverse possession of property, property boundary disputes, civil committment, medical malpractice lawsuits, taxing authority disputes, foreclosures, debt collection actions, attorney's fees claims, fraud lawsuits, in addition to, personal injury lawsuits.
In the last 20 years, my opponent has sued over 480 times for personal injury claims and then settled. Although he has claimed "the most experience and success as a trial attorney" as a reason to elect him as judge, according to the public records, in the last 20 years, only 8 times has my opponent gone to trial in Bowie County. 5 of those jury trials resulted in $0.00 defense verdicts, and 3 were plaintiff verdicts for less than $15,000. Public records show he has 0 jury trials in Cass County or federal court.
When you vote for District Judge THIS TUESDAY, I’m asking that you consider the thousands of criminal and family law cases that have and are yet to be decided, not to mention the wide variety of civil cases (not just personal injury cases) the 5th District considers, and vote to re-elect Judge Bill Miller because I have the judicial and legal experience to fairly consider all of the cases that the elected Judge of the 5th Judicial District of Texas must consider on a daily basis.
Thank you for your consideration and for your vote on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in the Republican Primary Election.
Thank you, Robert Witterstaetter Attorney at Law!
A couple more hours left to vote early on this beautiful day! We hear there may be a short line at the Southwest Center in Texarkana, but the process is moving quickly with electronic ballots.
Thank you for your support, Texarkana Therapy Center Pediatrics!
Thank you for your support, Jason Horton Law Firm!
There are rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for next Tuesday's Election Day—take advantage of the sunshine today and cast your vote during the last day of early voting!
If you would like to get in and vote early, before the crowds (and high chance of rain) of Super Tuesday, today and tomorrow until 5pm are the last opportunities!
• Southwest Center on 7th Street in Texarkana
• Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston
• Cass County Voting building in Linden
• Atlanta Administration Office in Atlanta
Thank you, Burgess Law Firm!
Thank you, Eric Marks, for sharing!
I'm filled with gratitude when I drive down Texas Boulevard. Thank you to all of the individuals and businesses who are supporting my re-election!
Well its official, according to Texas Ethics Commission campaign finance reports, my opponent has spent over $90,000 with a week left to go. Amazing. On my state salary, I can't keep up with that kind of spending. But, I can tell you we are hard at work on another Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child case to be tried this week in Linden, Texas (2nd one this year). Our Court is always open to the public if you want to come see how our jury system really works.
Thank you for the show of support, Mowery Law Firm!
Finished up another jury trial today on banking issues and attorney's fees. After picking the jury Tuesday, we heard a number of family law cases and other property dispute cases. Tomorrow will be a full day of criminal cases. I'm always amazed at the many different issues that we have to consider as general jurisdiction judges. Thank you all for your support and if you haven't Early Voted, GO VOTE!
Its EARLY VOTING day 2! Please make an effort to Go Vote and if you are voting in Texarkana at the Southwest Center, 3222 7th Street, tell my wife hello and grab a bowl of Chili! I'll be in trial all day long on the banking case we picked a jury for yesterday, but stop by and tell Jessica Johnson Miller hi! She's under the big white tent (unless it blows down again!)
Even though it was the first day of Early Voting, we were hard at work in the 5th District Court! We picked a jury on a banking case in the morning and in the afternoon heard pro se (no lawyer) divorces, a summary judgment hearing on a credit card debt case, a hearing for judgment in a property dispute case, and considered a fight between parents over who gets to have their child and when. It takes a Judge with broad legal knowledge to handle these cases. So, please go Early Vote this week and help keep an experienced judge on the bench.
The First Day of Early Voting // Texas Primary Election is here! Since I took the bench in 2015, I’ve closed more than 8,300 cases, including a wide range of family, criminal, and civil cases. I’d be honored to have your vote to continue my clear record of protecting our community in the 5th Judicial District Court and keeping the court conservative.
A few changes to note about early voting for Bowie County this year, as printed in the Sunday Texarkana Gazette.
Early voting in Bowie County, TX will be available in two places: the County Courthouse, 710 James Bowie Drive in New Boston, and the Southwest Center, 3222 W. Seventh St. in Texarkana.
The Bi-State Justice Building in Texarkana will not be a polling place at any time this year.
Tuesday (Feb. 18) through Feb. 28, early primary polls will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Early voting will not be available on weekends.
Please share with any friends and neighbors who may need to know about this!
Thank you to the New Boston Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Meet the Candidate forum this evening and to the New Boston Volunteer Fire Department for the food! Unfortunately, in the 3 minutes we were given to give our pitch to the crowd, I failed to say THANK YOU to my wife! I even wrote it down to make sure I didn't forget. I overlooked it anyway. 3 minutes is too short! But I stopped as soon as my time was up! SO, THANK YOU Jessica Johnson Miller for all of your help keeping me organized. You are the best! Also THANK YOU to MOM Dee Miller for helping spread the word!
Thank you also to all of the voters at the Straw Poll for returning a vote of 67.5% in favor of my re-election Bill Miller, Judge 5th Judicial District Court. Y'all are the best too!
710 James Bowie Dr.
New Boston, TX
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