SULPHUR SPRINGS—October 10, 2015— 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt has announced his intention to seek re-election to the post. Northcutt was elected in 2012. A Republican, Northcutt will seek the nomination of his party in the March, 2016 primary. The 8th Judicial District is comprised of Hopkins, Franklin, Rains, and Delta counties.
“It has been my distinct privilege and honor to serve as District Judge. When initially running for this job, I stated that the experiences and skill set I possess would uniquely qualify me to serve this area as a district judge, and I have found that to be very true.”
“My previous experiences as a mental health professional, minister, school teacher, and attorney have greatly benefitted me – and ultimately the citizens of this district – as I have been on the bench.”
Northcutt has presided over more than 50 trials since being sworn in on January 1, 2013, with more than 40 of those being jury trials. Additionally, Northcutt has presided over several thousand cases filed or pending in the court. Northcutt was recently appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas to serve on the state-wide Jury Service Committee.
“In talking with other judges from around the state, I am convinced that we are one of the busiest courts in the state. As those involved with our court can attest, I am committed to moving cases through the judicial process quickly, consistent with justice.”
“The key to our success is having great people involved in the judicial process, and we have that. Our court coordinator, court reporter, and clerks that I deal with every day are outstanding and aid in the efficiency of our court, as well as the high quality of attorneys that practice in our district.”
Northcutt has presided over a wide range of felony criminal cases, including several murder cases. Currently, there are six murder cases pending, three of which are filed as capital murder cases. “I think the highest honor I have encountered is the confidence that attorneys have in me when a decision is made to waive a jury and try the case to the court. I believe they know that I will listen carefully and apply the law to the facts in rendering a fair and impartial judgment. I have been pleasantly surprised at the high number of cases that have fallen into this category.”
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of the 8th Judicial District.”