Judge Jim Hill has served as a Durham County District Court Judge since 2002. He was recently appointed to hold the position of Chief District Court Judge on April 4, 2017. His experience, integrity, even temperament, fairness, impartiality, and decisiveness in officiating over the cases of thousands of Durham citizens have proved him to be extremely qualified to hold this position. Judge Hill has been presiding judge over Durham’s mental health court since its inception. He conducted the Durham’s Youth Treatment Court until it ceased to be funded by the NC Legislature. He has volunteered countless hours over the past twelve years to preside over the Carrington Middle School Truancy Court to work with students (and their parents) who have problems with attendance issues. Prior to taking the bench in 2002, Judge Hill practiced law in Durham County for over twenty five years.
Judge Hill’s dedication to the citizens of Durham County does not begin or end at the courthouse. As a lifelong resident of Durham County, Judge Hill’s service to Durham County includes work with the Northern Junior Athletic Association, Durham County Bar Association, the Durham County Bar Grievance Committee, The Summit Church and One Hundred Men in Black Male Chorus. Jim and his wife, Renee, have been married for forty five years and have four children and six grandchildren.