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Teer to seek seat as justice again in 2022

by Taylor Nye

Judge BJ Teer/ Courtesy

Judge BJ Teer announced his intent to seek re-election for the Republican nomination for Hopkins County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 in the party’s Primary in Spring 2022.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to work for the citizen of Hopkins County, as the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 since 2015. I look forward to the opportunity serve for many more years.”

Since taking office in 2015, Hopkins County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Court Teer has disposed of over 12,500 criminal cases, over 2300 civil cases, issued over 3700 warrants, presided over 185 emergency mental health hearings, issued magistrate warnings to almost 10,000 people in the Hopkins County Jail and conducted over 680 death inquests.

Judge Teer has completed over 600 hours of continuing education from Texas Justice Training Center, Texas Municipal Court Education Center and The National Judicial College, including over 150 hours in the field of Inquest and Mass Fatalities. He is a consultant for Texas Justice Training Center in Austin for teaching other judges in Texas about Inquest and Mass Fatalities.

In 2020, Teer completed the courses for Medicolegal Death Investigator from North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and is working on becoming register and certified Medicolegal Death Investigators.

“I have at my best ability to run the most effective, and fair court that was possible. Since taking office in 2015, our disposal rate of cases is above 90%. The credit for the high rate of case disposal goes to my clerks, for their hard work and their diligence to see fair justice for all. I believe if you treat people with respect, they will in return respect you.

“Our court philosophy is to treat everyone with the same respect that we want to be treated. If re-elected the citizen of Hopkins County is assured that I will to the best of my ability continually run a court and office that is effective, efficient and fair to all.”

Judge Teer is married for over 38 years, has three daughters, and two grandchildren. He a fourth generation, life-long resident of Hopkins County.

Courtesy/ BJ Teer

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