Brad Hart grew up in the East Texas town of Athens. After graduating from Baylor University in 1993, he worked as an intern in the Henderson County District Attorney’s office and served as the county’s Teen Court Administrator.
In 1994, Brad moved to Houston to begin law school at South Texas College of Law. While at STCL, he worked with the Houston Bar Association Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program and was a volunteer child advocate with Child Advocates, Inc.
After taking the bar exam in 1997, Brad was hired by Harris County District Attorney Johnny Holmes as a prosecutor. He served in several areas since joining the DA’s office, including Deputy Chief of the Misdemeanor Division, Justice Court Section Chief, Family Violence Division, Crimes Against Children Division, Organized Crime Unit, and in several felony district courts.
In April of 2006, Brad was promoted to Felony District Court Chief after securing the conviction of a man who shot a Houston Police officer in the face.
As a prosecutor, Brad handled thousands of cases, the majority of them felony cases. He tried over 100 jury trials, including securing trial convictions in six capital murders and obtaining one death sentence.
Brad traveled the state, teaching at Justice of the Peace conferences, and served as both a teacher and a faculty advisor for the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. Brad’s final assignment at the DA’s Office was in the Major Offenders Division.
In January of 2013, Brad Hart was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the serve as Judge of the 230th District Court and won election to the bench in 2014.
Since being on the bench, Judge Hart has maintained on of the lowest overall dockets each year, which allows cases to be heard more quickly than other courts.
In 2014 and 2016, Judge Hart is one of the highest rated judges by attorney members of the Houston Bar Association’s surveys.
Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Criminal Justice Center and all of the criminal courts were displaced and are functioning currently in the Civil Courthouse.
Judge Hart was the first district Judge in Harris County to conduct a jury trial post-Harvey. He is also one of only 4 judges that run a docket management system. This system allows the 230th District Court to continue running efficiently, even in the aftermath of Harvey, with little to no disruption. Also helps us maintain one of lowest dockets during Harvey Displacement, where other courts’ dockets have skyrocketed.
With the goals of reducing recidivism, helping with addiction and empowering a path toward productive citizenship, Judge Hart leads a specialty program titled ‘Changed Through Intervention’. Graduates of this program have righted their lives finding jobs, starting businesses and some even finding sobriety for the first time.
Judge Hart is an administrative leader for his fellow judges serving as the Technology liaison for the District Court Judges, leading the implementation of technology in the courtrooms, and the First Liaison to the Defense Bar.
Brad and his two children, Hunter and Savannah, are active participants of Kingwood United Methodist Church.