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District Judge, 237th Judicial District

Primary Election - Tuesday, March 6, 2018(Early Voting: Tuesday, February 20-Friday, March 2, 2018)District Judges serve 4-year terms.
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    Les Hatch (Rep) 237th District Judge

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TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (325 characters, approx. 50 words)

SPEEDY AND FAIR JUSTICE: In your experience, what factors should expedite or might impede speedy and fair justice for persons appearing in your court? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

PLEA BARGAINS: Does the increasing role of plea bargains ensure justice for the accused and the state? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

IMPARTIALITY: How do you maintain impartiality given the necessity of raising funds for a political campaign? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

Education B.S. Texas A&M University 1985, J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law 1988
I spent twenty-one years as a civil private practitioner with numerous jury and bench trials before taking the bench in October 2009. I am board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As a district judge I have tried 50+ jury and 400+ bench trials, limited to civil and family matters.
We set final trials on family cases six to nine months from filing and one year on civil cases. It the parties want a quicker trial setting, we accommodate them. If all parties want to continue a case, I do not stand in the way of their request.
I do not preside over criminal matters.
Fortunately, due to not having an opponent, I have not solicited campaign contributions.