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Municipal Courts Department

Executive Leadership

 

Director & Presiding Judge
Honorable Barbara E. Hartle
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Associate Presiding Judge
Honorable Maria Casanova
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photo of Honorable Judge Maria CasanovaJudge Maria Casanova began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County in 1990. She served there until 1992, when she was appointed by Mayor Bob Lanier as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston. She has served as a Judge since that time while also serving as the Court’s Administrative Judge. Judge Casanova was appointed by Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle as the Court’s Associate Presiding Judge in 2011. Judge Casanova earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1987, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 1990. As the Associate Presiding Judge for the Municipal Courts, Judge Casanova oversees the Municipal Court Judges, the Civil Adjudication Process, and assists the Presiding Judge in the oversight of court operations.

 

 

 

Associate Presiding Judge (Evening)
Honorable David O. Fraga
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Judge FragaJudge David Fraga began his legal career as a sole practitioner specializing in the areas of juvenile, family and probate law. In 1992, Mayor Bob Lanier appointed him as an Associate Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts. He served in this capacity until 2005, when Mayor Bill White appointed him as a Municipal Court Judge. Judge Fraga also serves as the Evening Associate Presiding Judge. Judge Fraga earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1975 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1982. As the Evening Associate Presiding Judge, Judge Fraga oversees all evening court operations. He is also assigned to Municipal Court No. 12, were he presides over juvenile dockets, truancy dockets, and regular evening dockets.

 

 

Administrative Judge
Honorable Elaine Marshall
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Judge MarshallJudge Elaine Marshall began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County in 1981. She served there until 1987, when she was appointed by Mayor Kathy Whitmire as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Houston. She served as a Judge in a Municipal Court No. 1, presiding over jury and regular dockets until her recent appointment by Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle as the Court’s Administrative Judge. Judge Marshall earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1977, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980. As the Administrative Judge for the Municipal Courts, Judge Marshall oversees the Associate Judges, Adjudication Hearing Officers, Court Security Officers, and handles the appeal process for dangerous dog cases.

 

 

 

Deputy Director
Nelly Trevino Santos, J.D.
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Photo of Deputy Director, Nelly Trevino Santos, J.D.Nelly Treviño Santos began her legal career with the City of Houston Legal Department in 1994, where she served as an Assistant City Attorney in the Business Litigation section. She joined the Municipal Courts in 1998 as a Deputy Assistant Director and assisted the Presiding Judge in a variety of administrative matters. She practiced defense litigation for a local private law firm from 2003 to 2008. She returned to public service as Assistant Director for the City of Houston Municipal Courts in 2008, serving in that capacity until assuming the role of Deputy Director in 2010. Ms. Santos earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1984, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 1993. As Deputy Director of the Municipal Courts, she has direct oversight of the Court’s Administrative Services Division, which includes the Public Information Office, Juvenile Case Manager Program, Finance, Building Security, Jury Administration, Court Interpreters, Wellness initiatives and indirect oversight of Human Resources and HITS assigned staff.

 

 

 

Deputy Director / Clerk of Court
Charlotte Lang Booker, J.D.
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photo of the Clerk of the CourtCharlotte Lang Booker began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County in 1993. She served there until 1997, when she accepted a position with the State’s Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) where she served as Regional Attorney, Managing Attorney, and Acting Chief Attorney of Field Operations. She then served as Supervising Attorney for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Mrs. Booker assumed the position of Deputy Director/Clerk of Court for the City of Houston Municipal Courts in late 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1993. As the Deputy Director/Clerk of Court, she oversees the Court Operations Division and the Public Services Division, which includes Court Clerks, Public Service/Cashier and Attorney Windows, Warrant Verification, Bond Administration, One Call Solution Center (in-house collection division), the Deferred Payment Compliance Program, as well as other operational areas of the Court.