The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A 96-year-old retired judge in Houston celebrated his birthday in the same place where he spent many of his working days.

In court.

About 50 family and friends gathered Wednesday to salute Retired State District Judge William Hatten.

Hatten, who celebrated his birthday in the same court for 37 years, invited the group to return next year.

District courts administrator Clay Bowman says Hatten, now a part-time visiting judge, has not served on the bench since 2007.

Judge Shawna Reagin, who now occupies Hatten's bench, praised the retired judge and said "he doesn't miss a trick."

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com