Judge John R Roach, Jr. is State District Judge of the 296th District Court in Collin County.
He was elected in March 2006 and took office January 2007. The Court is a general jurisdiction Court specializing in the areas of criminal, civil and family law. He is currently Judge of the North Texas Veteran’s Court which includes Collin, Kaufman, Grayson, Fannin, and Rockwall Counties.
Judge Roach established the VALOR program in 2018. The VALOR program is an in-custody rehabilitation and mental health treatment program for Texas veterans.
Judge Roach received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he served as a Crash, Fire and Rescue Specialist. He was placed on Active Duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Judge Roach is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas