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James Wesley Dice, Jr. (1908-1975)

Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1967-1968

James Wesley Dice, Jr. was born March 14, 1908, in Belton, Texas. He attended Belton public schools and Southwestern University in Georgetown before enrolling at The University of Texas, where he earned his LL.B. in 1931. He was married and had a daughter.

Dice spent most of his legal career in public service. He was Belton city attorney from 1931 until 1937. He was Bell County judge from 1937 until 1941, when he became judge of the Twenty-seventh Judicial District; he served in the latter position for twelve years, until 1953.

Dice was the state's attorney before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals from 1953 to 1954, and then served as a commissioner of the court for eleven years from 1955 to 1966. He served as a judge on the court from 1967 to 1968. Following his retirement from the court, Dice served as a special commissioner to the court and as a trial judge.

James Dice died October 26, 1975 at the age of sixty-seven. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.


James Wesley Dice, Jr., 39 Texas Bar Journal 177 (February 1976).

James Dice, Texas State Cemetery (accessed December 13, 2006).