About Judge Goodhart
Paula Goodhart is currently the Judge of Harris
County Criminal Court at Law #1. Judge Goodhart grew up in Houston attending
schools in the Pasadena Independent School District. After receiving her
undergraduate degree with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin,
Judge Goodhart received her law degree from the University of Houston.
Upon graduation in 1993, Judge Goodhart was hired as an Assistant District
Attorney where she served the citizens of Harris County until 2007. While
at the District Attorney's Office, Judge Goodhart served as a District
Court Chief and was assigned to the Trial Bureau, the Public Affairs Bureau
and Special Crimes. In 2007 she began a private practice focusing on criminal
defense. In March of 2010, Judge Goodhart was appointed by the Harris
County Commissioner's Court to fill the judicial vacancy in County Criminal
Court at Law #1. In November 2010, Judge Goodhart was elected Judge of
Judge Goodhart is only the 4th judge to preside
over Criminal Court #1 since its inception and the first female judge
elected to that court. While presiding over Harris County Criminal Court
at Law #1, Judge Goodhart received the 2013 Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Judiciary Service Award and has been appointed to serve on numerous committees.
Judge Goodhart is also an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and
member of Criminal Justice Class IV.
In addition to her other judicial duties, Judge
Goodhart presides over the 4th Harris County S.O.B.E.R. (Saving Ourselves
By Education and Recovery) D.W.I. Court. The goal of the Harris County
S.O.B.E.R. Court program is to increase public safety and to reduce long-term
costs to the criminal justice system and the community through intense
supervision utilizing a multi-disciplinary team effort. This program is
a collaborative effort involving the Harris County Criminal Courts at
Law, the District Attorney's Office, local defense attorneys, the Community
Supervision and Corrections Department, the Harris County Sheriff's Department
and other treatment providers and social services agencies in Harris County.
In DWI Courts, seriously alcohol addicted individuals remain in treatment
for long periods of time while under close supervision. The S.O.B.E.R.
Court in Harris County Criminal Court #1 will serve young offenders primarily
in their 20's.
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