Meet Judge Vanover

Judge Vanover has dedicated his life to protecting Tarrant County families.

SWAT Team Member

SWAT Team Member

His career in law enforcement started as a Police

Certified Police Officer

Former Police Officer

Officer and trained SWAT team member. During his eleven years as a Police Officer, he obtained Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master Peace Officer Certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. Chuck was also a certified Fire Fighter, and Emergency Medical Technician.

Then, after graduating from law school, he joined the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office as a “tough-on-crime” prosecutor.

As a prosecutor, Chuck had several thousand cases under his belt, ranging from misdemeanor cases such as Assault and DWI to some of the toughest felony cases imaginable. Chuck’s work has put some of the worst criminals – those involved in crimes against children and the elderly – in jail for the rest of their lives.

Since taking the bench in 2015, Judge Vanover has worked to reduce the trial docket and case backlog.  His hard work and dedication to the law has helped both victims and defendants get their day in court in a timely manner.  He was recently citied by the Tarrant County Bar Association Judicial Poll with having a 100% vote for the question: “Do you have confidence in this Judge’s integrity?”  Judge Vanover has also been a speaker and panel member for the Texas Aggie Bar Association and for the Texas A&M University School of Law.


Texas State Guard JAG

Texas State Guard Staff Judge Advocate


In addition to his work as a Jurist, Chuck also proudly serves our state and nation as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Texas State Guard.  He has been deployed on several occasions to render aid in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Additionally, has also worked to assist soldiers in handling their pre-deployment legal matters prior to deploying overseas in the war on terror.

Recently, Chuck led a team of other Judge Advocates as they re-wrote and updated the Texas Manual for Courts Martial and the Texas Military Rules of Evidence. He is also a Life Member of the National Guard Association of Texas.

Life-Long Republican

Life-Long Republican

Chuck is a life-long Republican, having served the Party in numerous capacities. He is currently the President of the Fort Worth Republican Forum.

Chuck grew up in Tarrant County and knows its people and their values.  He graduated from Grapevine High School and went on to Texas A&M University in College Station and returned upon graduation and started his career in law enforcement shortly thereafter.   He and his wife Stacie live with their daughter Ivory in Keller.