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The Honorable Judge JOSH HILL


Judge Hill is an experienced criminal defense attorney,
who was elected in November, 2018 to preside over the 232nd Criminal District Court of Harris County. Board certified in criminal law, Hillalso volunteers his time to serve on the Monday STAR Drug Court Docket.

He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas (2001) and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston (2005). He worked for over six years as an intern and prosecutor for the Harris County District Attorney's Office, assigned to a variety of divisions, before joining the Hill Law Firm in Houston.

Hill is not only a fighter in the courtroom;he has also competed in multiple combat sports over the years. He has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and he also has wrestled and boxed in college.

Justice Hill is married and has three beautiful children..

The Honorable Judge KELLI JOHNSON


Elected to the bench in November, 2016, Judge Johnson presides over the 178th Criminal District Court and during that time has focused on rehabilitation with mental health, addiction, homelessness and youth. Viewedas compassionate yet firm,Johnson graduated with honorsfrom TCU and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law. During law school she clerked forthe Court of Criminal Appeals, and before that, served for the White Houste Press Advance Team in DC.

Johnson was a Harris County ADA for 17 years and for eight years was a Felony Chief Prosecutor in the Trial Bureau. She was named Prosecutor of the Year in 2010 and was also honored by the HPD for her outstanding work in gang prosecuton.

Judge Johnson holds several administrative judicial roles, chairing the Standing Committee which oversees pretrial and the probation departments, as well as the Docket Reform committee to address backlog and consistency in dockets among all Courts in Harris County.

Justice Johnson will preside over the STAR Tuesday docket.

The Honorable Judge HAZEL JONES

Judge Jonesis a nativeHoustonian with a special mission of community outreach.She graduated from Smiley High School innortheast Houston and went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a BA in Biology. She worked for the MD Anderson Cancer Center as a research analyst.

In 1996, Ms. Jones received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Howard University Law Schoolin Washington DC, after which she returned to Houston andbecame employed by the Harris County District Attorney's officeuntil 2003. For the next two years, she worked as a Special AssistantUS Attorney for the US Attorney's Office - Southern District of Texas.

She practiced criminal defense law from 2005-2008 when shewas first elected to the bench as Judge of the 338th CriminalDistrict Court of Harris County. She ran again in 2016 and was elected to the 174th Criminal District Court where she presides today. Shehas beeninstrumental in reducing her docket to allow better access to justice for citizens of Harris County.

Judge Jones presides over theWednesday Docket of STAR Drug Court where she will continue to follow her life'scalling.

The Honorable Judge ROBERT JOHNSON



Representing the ThursdaySTAR Court Docket is Judge Robert Johnson, who also proudly presides over the 177th Criminal District Court in Harris County, a position he was elected to in 2016.

Born in New York City, he has been a Houstonian for the past 40 years. He graduated from Sharpstown High School, after which he attended the University of Houston and received a bachelor's degree in Business and Commerce in 1990.

He was employed in the private sector from 1990 through 1998 and then returned to school, graduating in 2001 from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. While in law school, he had an internship with the Fort Bend District Attorney's Office and at the completion of school, he opened a private practice, where he did criminal work for 13 years.

With his mantra, "I make my rulings based upon the law and remain fair/impartial at all times," he will indeed be an asset to the STAR team.

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