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Judge Woodrow W. Hatcher

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The Jackson County Times Inc
2866 Madison Street
Marianna , Florida 32447
United States

Company Description: The Jackson County TIMES is a six-year-old weekly newspaper of general circulation in Jackson County, Florida. Our office is located in Marianna across from the...   more

Employment History

  • Chairman Or Co-Chairman
    Conference of County Court Judges
  • Judge
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Woodrow Hatcher, who has been Jackson County Judge since 1976, is retiring at the end of 2012.
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Judge Hatcher formally announces his retirement Judge Woodrow Hatcher will be retiring from the bench on Jan. 6, 2013. He will have served as Jackson County judge for 35 years .- Contributed Photo
Judge Woodrow Hatcher will be retiring from the bench on Jan. 6, 2013. He will have served as Jackson County judge for 35 years .- Contributed Photo
Judge Woodrow Hatcher, county judge for Jackson County, will retire when his term expires on Jan. 6 after serving for about 35 years. He is one of Florida's longest serving judges, along with Madison County Judge Wetzel Blair.
Judge Hatcher grew up on a farm just outside of Marianna.
Hatcher decided to run for county judge in the 1976 election. He said he wanted to use his skills to ensure everyone received justice.
"The courts are the last stop as possibilities for fairness are concerned," Hatcher said.
Hatcher's prior work experience and penchant for innovation helped him implement new programs and technology in the courtroom.
"It was an opportunity to make the system progress," Hatcher said. "I'd like to think I had a hand in the progress from where we were 30 years ago to where we are now."
Although he didn't initially understand the new technology coming into the courts, Hatcher said he surrounded himself with knowledgeable people.
"I wanted to get the court to the 20th century before the 21st century got here," Hatcher said.
He was the first Florida judge to use audio-visual technology from first appearance through jury trials. This is not only a safeguard for the community, but also reduces the cost for case processing.
The case management system established by Hatcher makes sure fines and restitutions are paid and those on probation are complying with their probation conditions, allowing probation officers to have bigger caseloads.
Jail overcrowding was a constant problem for the county. Hatcher worked to implement the public works program. The program allows defendants to work for the county and cities. The defendants work off their fines and get a day off their sentences, and the local entities save tax dollars.
A pretrial release program that let defendants support their families and reduced the jail population was also started by Hatcher. The program took into account every defendant's situation and assigned them either conditional release or a monetary bail. Those under conditional release were given special conditions to keep the community safe.
Programs treating those with domestic violence or substance abuse problems, and educational programs were made available to defendants without using tax dollars by Hatcher.
Hatcher also served as chairman or co-chairman of the Conference of County Court Judges for 26 consecutive years. Among his accomplishments with the conference, he created defensive driving schools for people with civil traffic violations to avoid points and work on their driving skills.
Hatcher was awarded a number of honors from his colleagues, receiving the Special President Award five times for his improvements to the judiciary and being recognized as the 14th Circuit Court trial judge who made outstanding contributions to better the criminal justice system by the Fraternal Order of Police.
Hatcher always took time to help other judges understand legislature.
Jackson County Florida | Northwest Counties, 4 April 2015 [cached]
The judge of the county is Judge Woodrow Hatcher. Judge Hatcher will preside over civil misdemeanors where the 2 circuit court judges will hear all criminal charges.
Jackson County -- Supervisor of Elections, 15 Oct 2012 [cached]
Woodrow W. Hatcher County Court Judge P.O. Drawer 957 Marianna, FL 32447 (850) 482-9656
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