Gov. Rick Perry has appointed a Tarrant County judge to be administrative judge for a judicial region that encompasses much of North Central Texas.
State District Judge David L. Evans, 64, of Benbrook has served 10 years on the bench of the 48th state District Court. He will now add supervision of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region to his duties.
The appointment lasts four years, according to a news release from Perry’s office on Friday.
Evans replaces state District Judge Jeff Walker as the presiding administrative judge.
Neither Evans nor Walker could be reached to comment Friday evening.
There are nine administrative judicial regions in Texas. The Eighth covers Archer, Clay, Cooke, Denton, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Stephens, Tarrant, Wichita, Wise, and Young.
Administrative judges do as their title suggests: They handle the administrative aspects of the state justice system, such as assigning judges to help other courts where the regular judge is ill, on vacation or out of town. They also assign judges to help with backlogs in other courts.
Evans earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Baylor Law School. He was a captain in the Army and the Texas Army National Guard.
According to earlier published reports, Evans followed a family tradition onto the bench. His great-uncle, Raymond Buck Sr., was a judge in the early 1900s, and his grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle were appellate judges.
According to Perry’s news release, Evans is board certified in civil appellate law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Texas and U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Western districts of Texas.
The release also noted that Evans is chairman of the Tarrant County Juvenile Board and Law Library Committee, vice chairman of the Tarrant County Civil Courts Advisory Committee, and a member the Texas A&M University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council.
Evans serves on the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee and Judicial Committee on Information Technology.