A new judge has been appointed to Hall County Juvenile Court, replacing Judge Bo Weber Jr., who left in November.
Joe Raymond Diaz will now take on the role. He has been practicing law in Gainesville and Hall and Dawson counties for more than 23 years, including specializing in domestic and criminal litigation.
He also has served as a mediator for the Ninth District since 1994, as well as on the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board. He will be the first Latino to serve as a judge in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit, according to Hall County officials.
Diaz previously applied for the Juvenile Court judgeship last year, according to court documents.
Weber had been appointed just more than a year ago.