The office of Taylor County Criminal District Attorney is currently held by James Hicks. Mr. Hicks was originally appointed to fill the position in May of 2016 by Governor Gregg Abbott and has held the office continuously since that time.
"It shall be the primary duty all of prosecuting attorneys, not to convict, but to see that justice is done"
These words are found in Article 2.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure capture the essence of duties of the prosecutors working in the office of the criminal district attorney. The Taylor County Criminal District Attorney's Office represents the state in all felony and misdemeanor cases arising within the jurisdiction of Taylor County. However, misdemeanor offenses committed within the incorporated limits of a city or town may be prosecuted by the appropriate city attorney.
In addition to its criminal prosecution duties, the criminal district attorney's office also has responsibility for civil representation in some areas of the law when the county's interest is at stake. The office will also serve as legal advisor to various elected officials within the county.
All of these duties are performed by the elected criminal district attorney whose office is located on the third floor of the Taylor County Courthouse. Additional offices are based in the Taylor County Annex.
The office of the criminal district attorney was created and provided for by the Texas Constitution. The office is an elected position which runs every four years in gubernatorial election years.