About Judge Phillips

Judge John Phillips is a native Houstonian. He is a 1981 graduate of South Texas College of Law, and a former Assistant District Attorney (1981-1985). Judge Phillips had a private law practice from 1985-2002. He was elected to judge in the 314th District Court in 2002. Judge Phillips was re-elected to the bench in 2006 and 2010, and currently serves as Administrative Judge of the juvenile division, and is chair of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Management Oversight Committee.

Judge John Phillips has been a leader in Juvenile Justice Reforms including spearheading the development of the Juvenile Mental Health Court, for which he was awarded the Public Policy and Law Center Award from Children at Risk.


Under Judge John Phillips’ leadership, Harris County has now achieved:






Judge John Phillips has been married to Celeste Phillips for 29 years and has two children, Sam and Jacqueline, who are both graduates of Texas A&M. Sam is a police officer with the Houston Police Department, and Jacqueline is an Assistant District Attorney in Comal County, Texas.



Judge John Phillips of the 314th District Court has been awarded and endorsed by:


2009 Public Policy & Law Center Award
from Children at Risk
Houston Police Officers Union
C-Club of Houston
Pasadena Police Officer’s Union
Judge of the Year Award
P.O.L.I.C.E., Inc.
Terry Lowry
The Link Letter
Dr. Steve Hotze
Conservative Republicans of Harris County
Gary Polland
Texas Conservative Review
Houston Reality Business Coalition
Katy Christian Magazine