Friday, March 11, 2016

Prominent Family Court Judge Reprimanded; Ordered to Additional Education

According to documents recently made public, long-time family court Judge Mike Herrera who presides over the 383rd Judicial District Court, was reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Follow this link for the document.

According to the documents, Judge Herrera filed for divorce from his wife in 2012 and was made aware that the case was assigned to the court he presides over the very day that it was filed. The documents go on to say that Judge Herrera allowed the case to remain in his court for several months. Herrera says in the document that he did so because he didn't want the case to go forward.

In a rather interesting quote coming from a family court judge, Herrera said,
  1. I did not care to place my family in the same position as other litigants find themselves, in conflicts and court hearings, which, for the most part only benefit the attorneys financially. It is really sad and embarrassing to see the reputation of some of the litigants being dragged in the mud in these court proceedings. 
In addition to the public reprimand, the long-time judge was ordered to get additional hours of training. He must do so within 90 days.

Further details of the reprimand can be found in the document link above.

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