Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice - Joseph M. Watt

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Professional Career

Joseph M. Watt(born March 8, 1947), is currently a Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He assumed the post in 1992 and was relected in the following terms. He has served two terms as Chief Justice. In 2005, he was re-elected despite a lawsuit from the Court's then-Vice Chief Justice Marian P. Opala. Opala filed the age discrimination lawsuit (he was 83 years old) saying that the Supreme Court rules were changed to prevent him from becoming Chief Justice.


In 1969, Watt earned a bachelor's degree majoring in history and government from Texas Tech University. He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. In 1973, Watt moved to Oklahoma to work in private practice. He was appointed as Altus City Attorney in 1980 and served in that capacity until his appointment as a Special District Judge for Jackson County in 1985. The following year he was elected as an Associate Judge. He has also served as General Counsel in the Office of Oklahoma Governor David Walters.

He is also was a past Secretary and President of the Altus Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow

Contact Information

Room 245
State Capitol Building
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Telephone: (405) 521-3848.