Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain has confirmed he will resign from his office September 30th to become the first judge of the new Grimes County Court at Law.

Tuck McClain

McLain tells KBTX-TV his new job begins October 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year.

His court will handle cases that involve divorce, family law, probate, guardianship, mental health commitments, and criminal misdemeanors.

McClain says the decision to make the move from District Attorney to a Judge was not an easy one, but adds that the County Court at Law is something he’s been working on for a decade, and wants to make sure it works.

McClain says that there is currently a backlog of roughly 1,400 misdemeanor cases in Grimes County, and this move will bring a lot of relief to the two District Judges.

McClain says he's currently drafting a letter of resignation that will be sent to Governor Greg Abbott's Office. It'll be up to the Governor to appoint his replacement. If that doesn't happen before his departure, the first assistant district attorney will serve as the interim district attorney.

The Grimes County Court at Law will be located at the County Courthouse in Anderson. McLain will have the option to hear cases 5 days a week.