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Office Location: Courthouse-on-the-Square
Address: 220 S. Pierce, Burnet, Texas 78611

Phone: (512) 756-5400


Court Policy for Pro Se Applicants

All Probate/Guardianship Hearings are In person as of March 1, 2022

  County Judge James Oakley

James Oakley was sworn into office as the Burnet County Judge on January 1, 2015.  He is a 5th generation Burnet County resident.  Judge Oakley graduated from Burnet High School and Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and spent 10 years working in corporate Communications and Public Relations.  In 1998, Judge Oakley was elected as the first Republican since the Civil War to serve as a Burnet County Commissioner and served 8 years.


Judge Oakley has been appointed by Governors Bush and Perry to serve on:

  • Regional Review Committee for the Community Block Development Grant Program from HUD - January 2002 to present.
  • Senate Advisory Committee on Rock Crushers and Quarries for the 79th Legislative Session.
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement - Commissioner, January 2010 to March 2018.


The Judge is active in various organizations and regional committees:
  • Capitol Area Council of Governments  - Executive Committee
  • Capitol Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization
  • Pedernales Electric Cooperative – District 5 Board Director
  • Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization - Board Member


Prior to his election as Burnet County Judge, for 8 years he was employed with, a subsidiary of the publicly traded Liquidity Services, Inc. in Washington, D.C.   He represented Texas for this division of the nation’s largest website utilized for public disposition of governmental assets via the internet.

The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of county judge, who presides over a five member commissioner’s court.  The Court has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations.  The Judge is responsible for calling elections, posting election notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. As County Judge, he presides over Civil Court, probate cases and guardianships. The county judge may also perform marriages.   Judge Oakley is head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and is the Chief Budget Officer.

Burnet County departments under the purview of Judge Oakley:

  • Commissioners and County Court Administrative Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Emergency Management
  • Elections
  • Communications
  • Maintenance
  • Tourism
  • Magistrate/Indigent Health Care Pauper
  • Technology
  • Collections/Comp
  • Safety
  • Indigent Defense
  • Environmental Services
  • Library Services
  • Veterans Service
  • Pauper Burials




Judge Oakley is married to Julie Oakley, a CPA and City Manager for the City of Lakeway.  They have a combined family of five children, live on Lake Travis in the Spicewood area and are members of the Lake Hills Church in Bee Cave.

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