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Lewiston’s municipal court judge enjoys job and people

September 26th, 2009 Posted in Arts and Life

By Kate Clark
LEWISTON –Judge Evan Hall greeted everyone with a smile during justice court Sept. 23 at the Lewiston city office. It has been his love of serving the community and getting to know the people in it that have kept him judging over Lewiston for the past 17 years.

“Confession is good for the soul, have you read that in the good book?” said a grinning Hall as a girl nervously walked in to pay off her traffic ticket. Within minutes the two were laughing and talking about their hometown of Fairview, Idaho.

“A lot of courts don’t visit with people like I do,” said Hall.

Hall grew up in Lewiston, attended the local schools and taught at Sky View High School for 31 years. For 22 of those years he coached football and basketball. Along with teaching, coaching and becoming judge over Lewiston, Hall helps plan Lewiston’s annual Fourth-of-July celebration and parade.

“My parents were really involved in the community so I was brought up thinking that if I was asked to do something in the community, I’d do it,” said Hall. “I realize that there are people who have no community spirit, and they are great people, but that’s not me. I have always been involved in the community.”

A large part of why Hall has always been involved is that he loves getting to know people and connecting with them because of their family or area.

“I enjoy people and visiting. I suppose that’s the old school teacher in me.”

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