For the first time ever, a Lubbock Justice of the Peace has been named Texas Judge of the Year.
Judge Jim Hansen has been selected for that honor, by the Texas Justice Court Judges Association, or the JCJ.
Hansen, 52, is described as the voice of the JCJ. He took office in 1991, and has since presided over more than 9,000 criminal, civil and small claims trials. In 2003, Hansen started the organization's first statewide newsletter and created the JCJ website.
Hansen graduated from Texas Tech University in 1977, with a degree in telecommunications and a minor in business and marketing.
Many may remember Judge Hansen as an investigative television reporter here in Lubbock, between 1978 and 1990.
Judge Hansen was nominated by his clerks, as well as a JCJ past president.
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