Judge Alicia Franklin York has been committed to serving the children and families of Harris County since being appointed Judge by Governor Rick Perry on June 12, 2014, and has continued her dedication after being elected to a four-year term which began January 1, 2015. Judge York strives to be “the Judge she wanted to have as a practicing attorney herself” which translates to always being fair, following the law and protecting families.
As the presiding Judge of the 311th Judicial District Court, Judge York spends her days making hard decisions related to divorce, custody and support for children. She also presides over the Family Intervention-Infant Toddler Court, which is the only family drug court in Harris County that hears CPS cases involving parents suffering from substance abuse, with a unique emphasis on healing of trauma and on improving recovery and well being for children and their families.
Since taking the bench, Judge York has increased the efficiency of the court, decreased its docket size, and committed to reducing attorney and client time in court.
Additionally, Judge York was honored when Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to the Specialty Court's Advisory Committee in December 2016, with many objectives including--but not limited to--helping ensure the quality of specialty court programs throughout the state and to ensuring the fiscal responsibility of state funding for these programs.