For the month of September, I am going to use my Link of the Day feature to highlight legal blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. Some are new, and some have been mentioned here before. Today’s entry is:
Judge Susan Criss is the judge of the 212th District Court in Galveston, Texas. Judge Criss writes about justice and life on an island off of the Texas Gulf Coast in the blog As The Island Floats. She presides over a court that handles criminal and civil cases. Judge Criss serves as Chairman of the Gulf Coast MHMR Task Force for Jail Diversion for the Mentally Ill. For more information about her see www.judgecriss.com and www.co.galveston.tx.us/judgecriss.
Here is a portion of her first post, which describes the purpose of the blog:
I am a trial court judge. I will be posting about justice and life on an island off of the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Judicial Code of Conduct limits my ability to discuss pending litigation in my court. I have to refrain from expressing opinions about subjects that could lead to my being recused from hearing certain lawsuits.
Don’t assume that you can guess how I will rule on matters in court based on what you read here. Every case has a unique set of facts. Lawsuits have to be decided on those specific facts and the laws that pertain to those facts. I can never presume that the lawyers won’t bring up some new aspect to a case that I had not previously considered.
That is one of the many things that make my job so fascinating. Just when you think you have heard it all you get surprised again!
Don’t worry though. The justice system and courthouse will still leave many things to cover.