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87th District Court
Anderson, Freestone, Leon,
and Limestone Counties

Judge Amy Thomas Ward


Judge Ward graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance from Baylor University in 1988. After passing all sections of the CPA Exam and working for a national accounting firm, she attended Baylor School of Law, graduating with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1991.

Licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1991, Judge Ward began her distinguished legal career as a Briefing Attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. She participated in conferences with a panel of appellate justices in their review of cases appealed from district courts, such as the office she now seeks. As Briefing Attorney, she researched and drafted memoranda in appeals of both civil and criminal cases.

Choosing to serve people in a smaller community, Judge Ward made the move to Mexia, where she felt she could have a more meaningful impact.

As a solo practitioner since 1992, Judge Ward has represented citizens and appeared in court cases in counties including those that compose the 87th Judicial District. Her experience includes civil litigation, probate and estates, family law, child custody, adoptions, CPS, guardianships, employment law, property disputes, personal injury and real estate.  Judge Ward has successfully briefed and argued cases appealed from district court to the Waco Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas.


Judge Ward lives on a cattle ranch in Limestone County with her husband, John Ward, who established and owned the Farm House Restaurant in Mexia from 2001 through 2019. Her son, Spencer Thomas, is a graduate of Groesbeck High School (2010) and Baylor University (2015). Spencer and his wife, Jessica, are both accountants in Dallas. John’s son, James Ward, is now owner of the Farm House.

Linda Shannon
87th District Court Coordinator
PO Box 39
Centerville, TX 75833
Tel: 903-536-1032
Fax: 903-536-1035 


87th Judicial District Court Reporter

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Leon County Attorney Fee Schedule

Local Rules for the District Courts of Leon County

Setting Request

Standing Order in Limine for Trial of Civil Jury Cases

Standing Order in Limine for Trial of Criminal Jury Cases

Standing Discovery Order in Criminal Cases

Standing Restraining Order

Standing Order - Designation To Set Bail Under Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 17.027