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District Judge, 237th Judicial District

General Election - Tuesday, November 6, 2018(Early Voting: Monday, October 22-Friday, November 2, 2018)District Judges serve 4-year terms.

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    Les Hatch
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

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
As of this election I will have been on the bench for nine years, presiding over numerous bench trials and hearings and jury trials. Before that, I spent twenty-one years in a civil private practice with numerous trials as a litigator.
I make myself available for hearings on short notice and we routinely set cases for trial within 6-9 months of filing. That may sound like a long time but the attorneys need to work up the case before trial so they can best represent their clients. Agreed matters are heard immediately. We also educate parties who are unrepresented by counsel about the procedures necessary to resolve their case, short of giving legal advice.
I do not preside over criminal matters.
I have not raised any campaign funds for this election.