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About the Judge

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The Hon. Jan Krocker graduated from The University of Texas Law School in 1980 and is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She has been both a prosecutor (1981-90) and criminal defense lawyer (1990-94).  She became Judge of the 184th District Court on January 1, 1995.  She was first elected to that position in 1994 and reelected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.  Judge Krocker also was the founder and first judge of the Harris County Felony Mental Health Court.  After advocating for the court for a number of years, she was able to obtain federal funding in 2011, so the court could be implemented.

In 2010 Judge Krocker was named Judge of the Year at the International Crisis Intervention Team Conference, an organization of mental health and law enforcement professionals.  Also in 2010, Justice for Children, a national child advocacy organization, named Judge Krocker as recipient of their highest honor, the Harvey Houck, Jr., Award.  Judge Krocker has been appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to two terms on the Advisory Committee to the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments.  

Other awards include the 2011 Person of the Year presented by the Bachelor of Social Work Program, University of Houston-Downtown, and 2012 awards from the Houston Galveston Institute, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, and a Special Service Award from the Texas Society of  Psychiatric Physicians.

Judge Krocker is a long-time member of the College of the State Bar and has been a member of the Garland Walker Inns of Court, which promotes continuing legal education. She has served on Houston Bar Association committees and on the judges’ legislative committee.  She was elected as chairman for Grievance Committee panels for the State Bar of Texas for the 2005-06 term.  In addition, Judge Krocker has been president and scholarship chair for a local women's breakfast club and is very involved in a church study class.

Judge Krocker has been active in the community for many years and is a frequent speaker. Her volunteer activities have ranged from little league to a ministry program.  She has been willing to donate her time to a number of organizations—from judging a women’s business award to deciding the winner of a charity duck race on Buffalo Bayou.

High school and middle school students frequently visit the courtroom.  Many law students and undergraduate students have served internships with Judge Krocker, often for academic credit.  Visitors from other countries, including China and Turkey, have visited her courtroom to learn about the American criminal justice system.

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