JUDGE HOPKINS OF THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURT RETIRES
|Representative Biff Lee, Chief Magistrate Alan G. Davis, and Judge Hopkins in the Delaware House of Representatives on May 2, 2012.
Justice of the Peace Court Judge William Hopkins retired on March 21, 2012 and was honored during a presentation at Legislative Hall on May 2, 2012. Tributes by each Chamber were presented and the legislators gave Judge Hopkins a standing ovation. Accompanying Judge Hopkins were his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Judge Hopkins served as a Justice of the Peace for 42 years and is believed to be the longest serving Judge in the history of the Delaware Judiciary. Judge Hopkins was originally appointed by Governor Charles L. Terry, Jr. on February 1, 1966, and his tenure spans six different Governors. He served as a Deputy Chief Magistrate for the Western part of Sussex County from September 13, 1973 through approximately 1989 and was named as the 2005 Judicial Officer of the Year by the Justice of the Peace Court. Judge Hopkins is a Korean War Veteran (stateside), an associate member of the American Bar Association, and has been recognized for his professional and courteous courtroom demeanor. He is best known by his staff for keeping them well fed.