This judge does not govern herself by the laws in which she sworn herself to do. This judge will hear your case, and all the facts, and will make her ruling as how she see's fit; with the knowledge that she can not be touch. Do not have your case heard by this judge. You will regret it.
She is a fringe Tea-party activist judge with odd associations to men's acitivists groups. This judge does NOT have children's best interest at heart when she rules. I personally will work HARD to make sure she is not re-elected in '14.
Incompetent, biased and prejudiced.
She heard my case last year; after dismissing the jury, listening to overwhelming evidence against the opposing party, she made her decision in a minute. As a result, I went from 4 evenings a week with my child to a sketchy standard visitation. Pratt is one of those mediocre lawyers who found a way to a steady paycheck via political office. It is horrible that children's future can be decided by such an incapable person.
Limited experience with her. The majority of the local family bar have been grumbling "ego" "nuts" "crazy". She ignores rulings made by her own associate Judge. She has lost entire files, appointed amicus to oversee amicus. Word is the media has been sniffing around and an exposé is in the works.
I returned from serving in Afghanistan and had my long pending, no-contest divorce case heard on Feb 25, 2013 before the Associate Judge of the 311th District Court, Houston, TX, Hon. Robert Newey. The divorce is final, but the Hon. Denise Pratt, the 311th District's presiding judge has not yet signed on the final divorce decree. It takes 5 seconds to sign to just fulfill a formality! Nobody knows why. But what the court clerks and the attorneys are murmuring is "very poor work ethics." They simply don't know when or if she'll show up for work!
She is one of the really bad judges and pretty much any lawyer with any time in her court will agree. It appears that she may be suffering from mental illness. It is important to make sure that she is not reelected.
i'm in a divorce originally filed in September 2011. Parties involved are taking advantage of inefficiency of the 311th combined with lies, dirty tactics, and perhaps politics to "legally" extort me out of 10's of thousands of dollars, needlessly lose another >$150 thousand dollars in income, and keep me from seeing my children. How? Simple.lie and refuse to offer a fair settlement. Trial scheduled 5 times,mediation failed 3 times - no I will not give up on my children or my rights as a Father or person. Have been paying wife ~75% of my net income for the last 5 months, hearings to modify scheduled, and rescheduled, can't get the issue before a judge. I can't pay any longer and will likely face contempt charges for non-payment while being robbed of my children and my money. Where is justice?
I have been a 3rd party witness to a divorce case, in which the Husband is getting completely used and abused by Judge Pratt. She doesn't know a thing about divorce cases and therefore will not rule against motions that are potentially harmful to the community (which is to be deviied up between the parties). She recently signed an order brought forward in a hearing that her counterparty Judge Newey was presiding over, that completely reversed a previous order preventing the wife from having anything to do with the family business and in turn giving the wife control of the business to see and do as she see fit, including and not limited to firing everyone, selling all the assets and taking all the money for herself. 1.) it appears as if the order was signed by Judge Pratt prior to the hearing and 2.) she wasn't even there at the hearing 3.) defendant and defendant's counsel weren't even present during the "ruling" to object to such a massive and complicated and seriously damaging (to all parties involved) order. Judge Pratt and her senile old counterparty Newey (he's close to 90) are crooks and worthless human beings and hopefully her transgressions will be brought to light and 1.) she will not be reelected 2.) she will be stripped of her license 3.) she will be criminally and civilly prosecuted.
Denise Pratt is a disgrace at the Family Law Center. She is inexperienced and unqualified to make decisions regarding children. She supports a hand full of attorneys that she will give anything to regardless of the welfare of the children in the case. Pratt is unbalanced, unstable and apparently is being investigated for cocaine use! The citizens of Harris County need to revolt and vote this fraud out of office!!!
This judge knows what she is doing, she takes detailed notes and takes time to consider the case carefully. She see's through the lies and false allegations. Marinelle Timmons on the other hand is unprofessional, doesn't take notes on visitations therefore makes many mistakes in her reports. She does not follow her own companies rules or the judges orders. Thank God for Judge Pratt and her rational thinking and much thought out rulings.
I have known Denise for years. I like her. She needs help. She is not the same person who aspired to be judge years ago. Something has changed and she needs help. She's not doing the job she was elected to. Moreso, she's not doing the job she wanted to do when she entered office.
And yes, my own story is yet another that she failed to sign the order recommended and approved by all parties, including the amicus she chose for the case.
Anyone who says she is doing a great job is trying to protect her like a friend should. Except it is short sighted to believe that she would want to leave the legacy that she is creating in this court. It's time to put someone else on this bench and get her some help.
I have been in her court for almost 2 years and have no orders. I have been to court 30 times and have only seen Judge Pratt twice. My sons father wanted to religuish his rightsa and Judge Pratt approved it and appointted an Amicus, we went back to court to finalize everything for Judge Pratt to deny the termination. Now we have another Trial set.. Eveytime I have gone to court we never accomplish anything. It has been a total waste of my time off from work and my money paying my attorney to sit around and wait on the Judge to show up. I could have paid for my son's college with all the attorney fee's I have paid for, and I am still back at square one. She has never signed any temporary orders for child support. She does not want to let him terminate because she thinks he should pay yet she has not made him pay a penny for almost 2 years. I pray that the right thing happens here and things are made right in that court.. As it stands now i am terrified for my upcoming trial... You never what she is going to do!! My son is not a toy!!! Something needs to be done here.. That is a serious position with children's lives on the line and you need someone on the bench that is truly thinking of the best interest of the child. I would be more than happy to take no back support and no support at all, since my son's father did not want to be a part of his life, just to have an end to this saga.
Harris county should hang its head in shame that this apparently unstable judge continues to oversee cases involving children! Is it in the best interest of any child to leave one or both parents financially destitute because she drags out cases that should be straight forward if she followed Texas law? No one wins but the attorneys with a judge like pratt. It makes me ill to see how the American judicial system works or, more accurately, doesn't work because of judges like this one.
I've known Judge Pratt for 20 or so years. She's represented me years ago and I've found myself working around her courts. She is not the problem with your failed divorce cases; blame the mediators, blame your inept attorney or blame yourself for NOT acting in the best interest of your child. This judge has volunteered her time for various churches, community services (fostered children), Girl Scouts, etc. I see a LOT of anonymous negative comments and I'm sure it has something to do with a certain "attorney" (and I use that description loosely considering that I've seen complaints about his REFUSAL to go to trial) and his political ambitions. Judge Pratt is most likely the most competent fudge in Houston and Harris County.
For too long I've sat having to bite my tongue while waiting for those oh so painfully slow wheels of justice to roll in the right direction. The whole thing disgusts me. Sitting in the hallway on more than one occasion waiting to be called as a witness... Overhearing the attorneys from other cases talking about their own clients as if it were a sports game and high fiving and shrugging off their wins or losses as if it were just that- a sport.
The way I see it is like this, and I don't care who the Judge or the attorney is-
When there is a divorce it involves 2 people who need to hire an attorney. Each attorney has one job. To represent their client. To win the case for the person that hired them to do exactly that. In general, the divorcees consist of one that should win and one that should lose, right? I mean otherwise they'd settle it without even considering the notion of paying obscene amounts of money and inevitably devastate not only their own lifes but the lifes of their own children and all of their friends and family members that did not ask to be dragged through what is essentially the consequences of said divorcees bad decisions and irresponsibility. But here they are. One against the other. So how does an attorney not know that their client is the one who should or should not prevail? How can a moral person live with themself knowing that they represent "the bats&!$ psycho ex"?
Granted in the beginning it may not be so clear, but surely after a little while the picture would become clearer... Common sense and human nature and moral decency and good vs. bad would surely be key to an attorney whos sole responsibility is to do what is in the best interest of the child(ren), right? Even if that meant having to lose the case and take the jabs and ribbings from opposing counsel out in the hallway because they in fact got stuck with the "one who should lose". It was the client they were dealt. It was a 50/50 shot at best. But instead of being a good sport and sucking it up for what is clearly in the best interest of the child(ren), that attorney will do whatever they have to do to win the case for their own egos. Get that high five from their teammates out in the hallway where they are unseen/heard by their own clients who
paid dearly to be represented by them and are left in the wreckage of the ordeal still sitting in the courtroom, "win or lose" after the Judge basically made a ruling based on the "facts" presented as evidence vs. The Truth and actual factual documented evidence that trails back now across more time than the divorcees marriage lasted... Years have been stolen that cannot be given back. Lifes and relationships have been destroyed.
And yet, here we are.
It has to be very difficult for any one person to be charged with making sure that whatever decision they make is the right one for the child(ren). Because how could a moral person live with themself knowing that they did not do all they needed to do for what is ultimately in the best interest of a child?
As much as I'd love to see this nightmare come to an end and a ruling made and the good ole Texas Justice scenario dealt out to all that have it coming to them, good, bad, winner or loser... I cannot fault the Judge(s) for taking the time needed to be as sure as they can in their heart and soul that the ruling they make is what is in the best interest of the CHILD(ren). Not your best interest, not my best interest, not the attorneys best interest, and not even for the courts best interest. But for the best interest of the child(ren).
All involved stress utmost importance on the fact that the system is in place to protect the child and they are all so very careful to show that's what they in fact are doing. "We have to err on the side of caution." Because, yes, they'd be run out of town by the people who rely on them to keep children safe.
It's just so unfortunate that it erred on the wrong side of caution while the court figured it all out.
Since being cleared last month by a grand jury for backdating records, Judge Pratt has quietly dismissed hundreds of cases, effectively nullifying a bevy of child support obligations and custody arrangements she previously made to protect children and families. (nearly 300 cases!) Unless you have no character, I find it hard to believe anyone would think this is protecting children and/or families alike. It seems the reputation of her laziness and poor work ethic are clearly evident with these actions. It will be such a relief to have her off the bench (she is not getting re-elected) and someone like Alicia Franklin take her place. I find the comments that this is somehow politically motivated it ridiculous as well. The bulk of the attorneys who signed the petition against her are REPUBLICANS. if it walks like a duck and talks like one....well, guess what.
I wonder if Mr. Enos remembers what happens when a lawyer intentionally conceals a material is omitted, or withheld? Seems the majority of the DWOP's had docket notations "Set in Error" prior to notices going out. Any one with a SBOT number and an IQ over 37 can access DCO website and ascertain the status of any case. Seems Mr. Enos likes "waving the bloody shirt" more when he should be brushing up on why Candor Towards a Tribunial is sort of important too.
I had a case in this court and she is CRAZY!!! Doesn't listen to evidence or experts. I am tired of seeing people comment on this situation and what she has been doing and saying it is politically motivated! PLEEZZZZ! Judge Pratt is inept, unknowledgeable and she was never there!!! WHY has she dismissed all these cases? One plus one equals two - SHE WAS NEVER ON THE BENCH SO SHE GOT BEHIND!!! Why was she backdating? One plus one equals two - She was behind and acted like she made decisions when she should have!
It is not rocket science!!! She is lazy as hell and doing drugs which were supplied by her brother which is a convicted felon for drugs? Look it up, check it out!
Wake up people, it is right in front of all our faces... stop trying to make excuses for her!!!
BAT SHIT CRAZY APPLIES!!!
This is the worst judge EVER!!! She ordered an out of work father to give over $5000 a month in child support because the mother wants to live in an affluent area. The mother have other kids from a previous marriage living with her as well. Judge Pratt has made it impossible for the father to see the 2 children as the mother claims to be "broke". It's quite amazing how a "broke" mother can travel the world, have a personnel trainer, housekeeper, and live in Houston's most affluent area while the father goes further into debt supporting her lifestyle due to the poor judgement by Judge Pratt. It's sad the power this judge has and the impact she created for this family. She needs to go!
I am a conservative Republican, and have been practicing family law for over 15 years. I try to mind my own business and stay out of politics, but the situation with Judge Pratt is out of control. She is a lunatic, does not know what she is doing, holds up basic agreements and makes everything more time consuming and costly. She is truly a pathetic excuse for a judge. Hopefully my fellow Republicans will show her the door in March.
Each day I feel more and more sorry for the children who are under the care of the 311th court. Judge Pratt spent two years rarely in court until the charge was filed against her. After which she began to come to court but she does not study the cases before her. In the many times I have sat in the court room watching each case before her, if you are lucky enough to get a ruling, which most are not, it is based off her feelings and not the law. Making up rules as she sees fit, allowing hearsay as testimony, changing decrees when she is out of jurisdiction to do so. It is all very sad to watch but the people I worry most about, are the children, that are losing family, mothers and father, because she refuses to pay attention.
Judges have to see each case for what it is, if her case load was not so far behind she could give the time and attention to each case. There is one case that was there recently that has not had a ruling on an enforcement that was heard 11 months ago.
The children suffer. Politics win. It is all very sad.
Please do the right thing and step down, allowing someone who wants to do the job to do it.
Judge Pratt looks cool calm and collected. She always appears to be so considerate and kind. I am amazed at how deceiving her look can be. She has no regards to Orders that she signs. She carelessly dismisses cases without regards to Orders that she may have signed a week before that require time to fulfill. She appears in control but I doubt if she is in control of her docket. She is always late and would care less the inconvenience that this causes attorneys and their clients. It is time for her to go and never return.
The District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit is investigating another instance of Pratt tampering with a government record. In this case, the D.A. reached out and called the lawyers in to discuss the case without me even being involved. Pratt’s behavior in this case will seem bad to the general public but to family law attorneys, what Pratt did in this case is sure proof she is crazy and you will hardly be able to believe it. The parents and attorneys in this child custody modification case (no. 2007-28477) agreed to temporary orders which Pratt approved on a handwritten order on August 29, 2013. The typed temporary orders were submitted in September 2013 and months went by without Pratt signing them. Last month, after reading about Pratt’s “New Year’s Eve Massacre,” one attorney checked and to her horror discovered that Pratt had taken the temporary orders and scratched out “temporary” and handwritten “final” and initialed her change. Pratt also scratched out or removed all of the mother’s periods of possession except for “as agreed.” Insanely, Pratt also appointed an amicus attorney in this “final order.” Pratt made all of the changes to an agreed order that had been signed by the parties. Pratt made these changes and never notified the parties or attorneys. Pratt signed this “final” order on December 30, 2013, a day we all know she was very busy dismissing hundreds of cases. Perhaps this was another way for her to make her court statistics and case count look good. This situation is being investigated presumably as another instance of tampering with a government record.
I know a good man who gave up his children for the rest of their childhood because Pratt would not rule after a very well-respected expert testified on his behalf.. When asked for when a ruling would come, she would reply--"when you get one." she is a disgrace to the judicial profession and legal profession and definitely in this case- failed to act in the child's best interest. She is supposed to protect children, something of which she promised to do when we first elected her!
Greg Enos donations to Judge Pratt campaign. Sour grapes of patronage lost?
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I seriously don’t know how our justice lets pratt continue to do whatever she wants. My children are still having to wait patiently because pratt just loves to reschedule our dates. She even put a amicus on my case and only on top of that I and my children only meet with her twice within a year. .very hard to get a hold of. So in Dec, Pratt dismissed our case without any notice. My kids are in a very bad situation with their mother who mentally and physically abuses my children over and over and over and think it’s no big problem. Seriously, who tells their child that they are the devil and if he prays god is going to punish him????? Now we have to go back to reinstate the case. My children suffer and the judge just sits back. Whatever happened to the best interest to the children? Not fair my children continue to suffer and go days without eating and getting abused because Pratt wants to be lazy and not hear our case or all the proof we have to get my children in a safe home.
I need to abtain an attorney that is on the lawsuit against this pshyco judge...My life has been ruined by this coke head....The judicial system in the country is the worst. Please post and leave contact info....address to Pro Se for a Day...I'll check daily...this case will make your jaw drop....everything from a coke head judge to a very Biased Amicus...
The evil Judge Pratt is gone!!! Good does eventually prevail! She went out blaming it on everyone but herself. Shame on you Judge Pratt, what a horrible example you have been for the children of Harris county community. No parent would want their child to emulate the likes of you!
Without a doubt Judge Pratt and her Associate Judge are completely inept and have cost my son so much in legal fees that he may have to file bankruptcy! Murder cases are heard and decided on in less time! We are now over the 2 year mark and senseless delays and judges being "tired" and leaving early or not there at all have put undue expense on all the parties involved. Not to mention the angst and anxiety for the children. The decision to call this Judge to task was long over due. I can only hope that who is assigned to this court will get up to speed on the cases quickly so that some resolve can be realized.
I know someone that has been in Denise Pratt's court for over 2 years. Ms. Pratt completely ruled against the law, and allows a small group of "favored" attorneys to profit from her incompetence. (I truly believe that the positive ratings from the attorneys on this website are those that have profited from Ms. Pratt's incompetence.) As I see it, I think the whole family court system needs to be redone. Otherwise, how can this judge's incompetence and criminality have gone on for so long? How come her actions have harmed so many families and children? How come it was so hard for her to lose her job? Denise Pratt is just the tip of the iceberg...others need to be investigated. After having been involved in Harris County Family Court system years ago, it's hard enough to try to maintain some kind of "normal" life while going through a divorce with children involved. But, to have to deal with an incompetent, lazy, criminal, mentally-unstable judge which the people in her court have had to deal with, it is my opinion that this would have to be quite unbearable. People going bankrupt because of her rulings as I've read on this website? People losing visitation with their children for NO reason? Ms. Pratt not showing up for work? Not doing her job? Ruling against law? If she didn't resign...was she going to be re-elected? Whatever force of nature made her resign last week, I thank God for this. I pray that the families and children that have been wrongfully harmed by Ms. Pratt's actions will have some relief, and that they will be able to get a more competent, fair judge to help them get on with their lives finally.
I have been in this court for 2 years. Spent $56000 to keep my girls in public schools in cypress and not get home schooled.They appointed an amicus which, in trial, said that my girls should stay in school. Had an evaluation by a doctor in education that said my girls should stay in school but judge newy keeps saying he needs more. I am broke. This court is out of line. It should have been decided. I go back April 8th and 9th but can not pay anymore. Going by myself and hope for the best for my girls.
As a parent to one of the cases being investigated by the DA, I can assure you that I am not affiliated with any party , I am a custodial parent who had my 14 year old daughter go out her window to her father because I grounded her for failing grades , and lying to me about it! My abusive ex seized the opportunity and refused to return her! The police would not assist (it's civil )get a lawyer ! Well I can't afford one, I should not have to sell my home ,car and get fired because he broke the law, I only wanted to be heard! I should not have to ask permission to exercise my constitutional right, but I was not allowed to speak nor was I served his affidavit to even see what his problem was, his lawyer knows the game and played it, shame on her, I understand her client is her priority, but play fair and honest and let the cards fall where they may! This judge owed me that, instead she backdated a order in open court advising me as she is signing it, I was not aware of what that meant. I called this court. Weekly and was advised that on December 31 my case was dismissed! I checked the website daily. My case was heard on Feb 5 and I was not involved , discovery never exchanged, and the law broken . I was not on a witch hunt , I had no motive, I just wanted to be heard! So when the press now ask me how I feel about her resignation , I feel bittersweet , and I ask "why?" Her job is to protect the child, and enforce the law! Everyone forgets a law was broken" and I still am mentally absused by an ex who thinks there is a winner in this!