Judge Patricia Baca Bennett firmly believes that a judge’s role is to apply the law, not make the law. A judge cannot substitute her personal beliefs for the law. Like the Constitution of the United States, the Texas Constitution sets forth a scheme of divided government with specific powers to be exercised by each branch of government.
The Texas Constitution specifically limits the powers of each branch of government and Texas Statutes limit the powers of each court. The founders of our country and our state understood the necessity of separation of powers as a check on the excesses of government and as a means for protecting our liberties and freedoms. Family courts in Texas are courts of law and equity. However, equitable principles can only be used if there is no adequate remedy at law and are limited by both statute and case law. A judge who sees a modern-day family court as simply a “court of equity” fails to recognize the limits Texas law places upon a judge.
Patricia is a Constitutional Conservative who respects the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Texas. She understand the role a judge plays in our governmental scheme and is committed to following the laws of this great state. The people coming into the family courts deserve the certainty that the judge hearing their case is applying the laws as passed by the Texas Legislature.