About the Judge
Judge W. M. "Mike" Yarbrough and his wife, Nancy, have been Collin County residents for the past 25 years. Together, they have two grown children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Judge Yarbrough has a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and a Juris Doctor from California Western. Mike Yarbrough enlisted in the Marines in 1973 as a private. In 1975, on his promotion to sargeant, he was selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and returned to UNM to matriculate. He attended OCS in 1976 where he earned honor man status. Upon graduation from UNM in 1977, Judge Yarbrough received a commission, and served as a Combat Engineer Officer until his selection to the Secretary of the Navy's Funded Law Program. After three years, he received his law degree, his license to practice law, and designation as a Marine JAG. After a total of 20 years of service, he retired as a Major.
Judge Yarbrough has a substantial legal resume. During his military tenure, he received an Ambassadorial Appointment as a U.S. Trial Observer in Japan, served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and taught as an Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County before he went into private practice. He was certified by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to represent capital defendants in cases before the Court. He served as a Municipal Judge on numerous occasions before his election to the bench in 1998 as the Justice of the Peace, Collin County. The judge is currently serving as a Director of the State Bar of Texas Justice Court section.
The judge feels strongly that members of the judiciary should be involved in community activities. The judge’s memberships in civic groups include the Frisco Rotary Club (past director and Paul Harris Fellow), McKinney Chapter of the SAR (past president), Metroplex Marine Corps Coordinating Council, Youth football, basketball, and baseball coach, McKinney Boyd HS Football Boosters (past president), and Amazing Grace Bible Fellowship @ Prestonwood North, and the State Bar of Texas.
Mike Yarbrough is a lifelong conservative Republican. He is a charter member of the Republican Veterans of Texas, Collin County Republican Men’s Club (past vice-president), Colin County Conservative Republicans (member), Golden Corridor Republican Women (associate member), and member of the Frisco Republican Club. He has been a multiple-time delegate to the state GOP convention and he served as “Collin County Republican Veterans for Dole” Chairman.
- Judge Advocate General in the United States Marine Corps
- Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
- Law Professor at the University of Oklahoma
- Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County
- Department of Defense Ethics Counselor and Congressional Liaison
- Private Practice Attorney - Civil and Criminal
- Justice of the Peace
About the Job
A Justice of the Peace is an elected county official. Justice courts are provided for by the Texas Constitution and have both civil and criminal jurisdiction (fine only) as well as duties that are not judicial in nature.
Justice Court 4 deals primarily with traffic tickets, evictions and small claims lawsuits. It is not the Court's job to be for or against, but to apply the law. My job is to assure that everyone has equal access to a fair and effective legal system and to administer swift and impartial justice according to the law, with respect to all parties.
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