Can a Judge Sign Judgment In a Case Outside His Jurisdiction ?
Under our reading of the statute, a presiding judge of a judicial administrative region may appoint a county court at law judge to sit for a district judge in a district court case in the same county. See Texas Animal Health Comm'n v. Garza, 980 S.W.2d 776, 777 (Tex. App.--San Antonio 1998, no writ) (County court at law judge was authorized to preside over a case in district court and sign the judgment even though the case was outside his court's subject matter jurisdiction.).
In support of his contention that Judge Taylor did not have the authority to act in the contempt matter, Nash cites us to Miller v. Woods, 872 S.W.2d 343 (Tex. App.--Beaumont 1994, orig. proceeding), a case out of this court (texas court of appeals).
In Miller, we held that the 253rd District Court in Liberty County, to which a contested probate case had been transferred from the Liberty County Court at Law, did not have subject matter jurisdiction and, as a result, the judgment rendered by the district court in the will contest was void. Id. at 346.