Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 3 Robert Whitaker
Judge Robert B. “Bob” Whitaker, a native Texan, has presided over Victoria County’s full-time Justice Court since 2007. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University, and is a graduate of Baylor Law School. An experienced attorney, he practiced law in Victoria for nearly thirty years, handling well over a thousand cases covering a wide variety of criminal, civil, and family law issues. Judge Whitaker also previously served two terms as Municipal Judge for the City of Victoria.
As Justice of the Peace, he has presided over hundreds of bench and jury trials in addition to the daily hearings and work of the court. Judge Whitaker is a member of the Texas Justice Court Judges Association, as well as the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas. In 2009, he was chosen for induction into the College of Justice Court Judges. In both 2009 and 2010, Judge Whitaker was honored during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week for outstanding service to crime victims in Victoria County.
In addition to the regular docket, the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace has numerous other duties and responsibilities. These include accepting pre-indictment felony complaints, assisting the District Courts with arraignments, magistrating defendants, and setting bail for accused felons. In this position, Judge Whitaker also serves as the county magistrate. In 2009 alone, he performed over 5,000 magistrations of jailed criminal defendants. In a large percentage of cases where Judge Whitaker set bail, he also issued bond conditions or Emergency Protective Orders based on the offense. He takes his judicial responsibilities seriously, and works closely with the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office to ensure our community is safe and the public is protected from violent criminals.
Judge Whitaker has been married for over 30 years to his wife Gayla, who works for St. Joseph High School. They are active in numerous civic and community organizations, and have two daughters: Ginny and Gracie. Judge Whitaker is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Victoria, where he has served as both a Deacon and Elder.
Judge Whitaker believes that the Justice of the Peace Office should be a community resource and serve the public. As a Judge, he works to make a difference in the safety of our community by setting appropriate bail for defendants, as well as issuing bond conditions and Protective Orders. He is committed to serving the people of Precinct 3 and Victoria County as their full-time Justice of the Peace, and will be on the ballot in the November general election.