Re-Elect Judge Sandra Peake for the 257th Family District Court
I am Sandra Peake, Judge of the 257th Family District Court in Harris County, Texas and I am announcing my candidacy for reelection. Our court has accomplished so much in the past four years and we need your support to ensure that we maintain the increased access and improvements to docket management that is respectful of our family’s time and needs. Family courts require a certain level of understanding and compassion of the seriousness of matters and the emotional toll it takes on all parties involved and I take pride in the patience and judicial philosophy of fairness my staff and I exhibit every day.
In 2018, I made a promise to the citizens of Harris County to increase flexibility and eliminate inefficiencies to save litigants and their attorneys time and resolve matters as quickly as possible.
These promises have were delivered in the following ways:
257th District Court has established an Express Docket that settles uncontested matters, scheduling of hearings, and other issues that normally would have been set for a court date potentially 30 days or more. The 257th's Express Docket is conducted Mon. - Fri. 8:15 to 8:50 am on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Pandemic has forced our courts to invent new ways of conducting proceedings. One of our responses to the interruptions of court activities was to institute virtual proceedings which allowed families to be at home or in their attorneys' office instead of taking time out of their busy and uncertain schedules due to the shutdowns. At the 257th, we found that litigants and their attorneys undoubtedly appreciated the convenience. Virtual Dockets have also decreased hallway, court, and parking lot traffic. Our families were appreciative of the efforts of my staff to find better ways to serve them. We at the 257th District Court will continue Virtual Dockets.
The 257th District Court will continue to prioritize signing orders so that cases can move forward to ensure speedy trials and timely resolutions.
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