Private Admonition of a County Court at Law Judge (09/22/08).


The judge, without notice to the defendant or his attorney, contacted the defendant’s employer to alert them to the fact that criminal charges were pending against the defendant. [Violation of Can...

Private Admonition of a Probate Judge (08/29/08).


In one case, the judge permitted a litigant’s attorney to engage in improper ex parte communications with the court and court staff and, in a separate case, failed to comply with the law when he gr...

Honorable Hector De Pena, Jr.

 Associate Municipal Judge, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas
 CJC No. 08-0073-MU

Private Warning of a County Court at Law Judge (08/15/08).


The judge failed to comply with well-established procedures requiring full disclosure of a relationship that might warrant his recusal, which effectively prevented the litigants from making an info...

Private Warning of a Former Justice of the Peace (08/05/08).


The judge failed to accept a litigant’s small claims filings, failed to investigate and resolve concerns as to potential procedural defects regarding the litigant’s claims, and failed to communicat...

Private Warning of a District Judge (08/05/08).


The judge erroneously applied federal law, instead of state law, when he failed to immediately order a defendant convicted of murder be taken into custody following sentencing. [Violation of Canons...

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (07/22/08)


After the judge granted the plaintiff’s request for transfer of venue, he failed to follow through with the transfer of the case to the other court, located just across the hall. The judge further ...

Private Warning and Order of Additional Education of a Justice of the Peace (07/22/08).


Although the judge agreed to accept the transfer of the plaintiff’s small claims case, he unreasonably delayed the resolution of the case, denied the litigant his right to be heard, and denied the ...