159th District Court

Judge Paul White
Judge Paul White

The 159th District Court and the 217th District Court share concurrent jurisdiction over all felony criminal cases and all civil cases that are filed in the district courts. In addition, the district courts have concurrent jurisdiction with the County Courts at Law on all domestic relations cases .

Office Location

Angelina County Courthouse
215 East Lufkin Avenue
2nd Floor, Room 210
Lufkin, Texas

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 908
Lufkin, Texas 75902

Phone 936-639-3913

Fax 936-639-3917


  • B.A., University of Texas at Arlington 
  • Juris Doctorate, Baylor University


  • March, 2001 - present, 159th State District Court Judge
  • 1978 - 2001 - Trial attorney, practiced employment, insurance, auto, products and general civil and personal injury cases in State and Federal courts


  • Deacon of Education, Central Church of Christ
  • Teacher, Adult & High School Bible Classes 
  • Coach, Lufkin Youth Baseball
  • Coach, Lufkin Youth Soccer

Professional Memberships  

  • Angelina County Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1980-2000)

Second Amended (2015) Local Court Rules of Angelina County For The Timely and Fair Appointment of Counsel For Indigent Defendants
 Amended Angelina County Juvenile Indigent Defense Plan
Application to be Placed on Public Appointment List for Angelina County
Affidavit of Indigency

Ashley Parise, Court Coordinator 936-639-3913
Whitney Harry, Court Reporter 936-639-3913   
Paul Love, Court Bailiff 936-639-3913