Family Court Judge Dismisses Hundreds of Cases the appearance for dilatory practices to generate more funds Title-IV
January 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
A Harris County Family Court judge dismisses hundreds of cases without notifying attorneys, and critics claim the move has put the custody of children in jeopardy.
Judge Denise Pratt returned our call, but would not go on record. Instead, Pratt’s attorney Terry Yates claims what his client did was nothing unusual.
“Its a routine that many of the family and civil courts every year, cases that get old or stale are routinely dismissed,” Yates tells KTRH News.
Yates blamed a computer glitch for lawyers not being notified, but says they can simply refile. He says Judge Pratt is reinstating cases where attorneys were not notified.
That’s not good enough for Houston-area attorney Greg Enos who argues those cases were dismissed on purpose.
“She just dismissed hundreds of cases because she wanted to make her statistics look good at the end of the year,” claims Enos. “That’s because she has the most backlogged court in Harris County.”
Not only does refiling cost more money, Enos says many of the cases involve the custody of children.
“In some cases, because Judge Pratt thought they were dangerous, she switched custody or limited a parent’s access to a child,” he says. “When she dismisses a case, those temporary orders go away.”