Judicial Philosophy

The purpose of County Court at Law No. 2 is the ethical and efficient administration of the public justice system. Justice is the goal in each and every case that comes before the Court. You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what it is and if you aren’t properly equipped.

My goal is to restore justice to the court. Therefore, my judicial philosophy is this: Duty. Honor. Justice. That is how I will fulfill the obligation to seek justice in every case. 

Our legal system is based on the principle that an independent, fair and competent judiciary will interpret and apply the laws that govern us. The role of the judiciary is central to American concepts of justice and the rule of law. Judges, individually and collectively, must respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system. The judge is an arbiter of facts and law for the resolution of disputes and a highly visible symbol of government under the rule of law.
— Preamble. Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.

I am firmly committed to doing my duty. As your judge of County Court at Law No. 2, it will be my first duty to apply the law as I understand it to be, not as I may or may not wish it to be. I will keep in mind the limited nature of the judicial power. It is for the legislature to legislate, not the court. Laws are to be interpreted and applied as written, not expanded upon or replaced by judicial fiat. People are to be respected, even if the court disagrees with them. 

The judge is a highly visible symbol of justice. The judge must strive in his conduct on and off the bench to set the example of upright, honest and ethical behavior. A judge is expected to be in court during regular hours. The judge should strive to make himself available to all. A judge should be open, fair and even handed with all. The judge should be favorites with none. When possible, the judge should rule promptly, firmly and courteously. A judge should make himself available to review warrants and be willing to hear civil litigants. Above all, a judge must remember that it is the people’s power he wields for their benefit and not his own.

Honor is composed of two constituent parts: reputation and integrity. By honoring the court, the judge honors justice, law and the people he serves. The judge must cherish above his own the reputation and integrity of the office with which he has been entrusted by the people. This chiefly consists in doing his duty. By treating others courteously, especially when it is difficult, the judge honors the court’s duty to serve the public and sets the example for the parties. By ruling promptly and in accordance with the law, the judge honors the court’s duty to fairly apply the law and sets the example of government by law, not by men. By setting the example on and off the bench, the judge fulfills his duty to enhance trust and confidence in our judicial system. 

Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward men requires the judge to respect the rights of each person who comes before him and to promote equity before the law with regard to persons and to the common good. There is not one law for you and another for the judge, there is only one law. When the judge does his duty and honors the public trust, the judge is a living and breathing symbol of justice.