6 new district judges start new jobs

5 serving for first time

SAN ANTONIO – Six Bexar County District Court judges began their new jobs on Tuesday.

Among the new judges is Judge Frank Castro in 399th District Court, who is facing a backlog of nearly 900 cases, which he said is a challenging task.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you, ‘Hey, I know I’m going to drop it down within the first few months to so many,’” Castro said. “It’s going to be a challenging task.”

Catharine Torres-Stahl is the only new judge in the group, but she is not new to the bench. Torres-Stahl previously served one term as 144th District Court judge. She takes the bench in 175th District Court.

The other remaining new judge in criminal district court is Judge Arcelia Trevino, who will serve in 386th District Court and will deal with juvenile cases.

In the civil courts, all three new judges have considerable legal experience but have never served as judges.

“I’ve had the heart of a civil servant from very early on, and this is just the next step," 408th District Court Judge Angelica Jimenez said.

Judge Rosie Alvarado said she, too, has a background of commitment to public service. She is the daughter of late state Rep. Leo Alvarado.

“There’s going to be good days when we see wonderful things, like adoptions, and then there’s going to be really, really hard cases where we’re terminating parental rights or seeing tragic accident cases," Alvarado said.

The other new judge in civil court is Judge Norma Gonzalez in 131st District Court.

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