On Thursday, June 8, 2023, the State of Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso, of Precinct 4, Place 2, Edinburg in Hidalgo County, for failure to comply with judicial education requirements for 2020 to 2022, and non-cooperation with the Commission.

The case was brought by the Commission under case #CJC No. 23-0170.

The charges cited Jasso’s violation of Canon 2A and 3B(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct, which provide:

A judge shall comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

A judge shall maintain professional competence in the law.

According to the court document, Jasso was required to complete 20 hours of judicial education every academic year. However, he failed to meet this requirement for both the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. Although he was granted an extension to make up for the 2020-2021 requirements while taking his 2021-2022 educational requirements, he did not fulfill either of them.

The Commission sent two Letters of Inquiry to Jasso, however, the latter did not respond to both letters. The Commission found out that Jasso did not seek re-election in 2022.

Based on these facts, the Commission concluded that Jasso’s conduct violated the Code of Judicial Conduct as charged.

The disposition reads:

“Based on the record before it and the factual findings recited above, the Texas State Commission Judicial Conduct has determined that the Honorable Homer Jasso, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, Pl. 2, Edinburg, Hidalgo County, Texas, should be publicly reprimanded for failing to complete his judicial education for the 2020-2021 & 2021-2022 Academic Years and failing to cooperate with the Commission. Judge Jasso’s failure in these respects constituted willful or persistent conduct that is clearly inconsistent with the proper performance of his duties and cast public discredit upon the judiciary or the administration of justice.”

Judge’s courtroom is at 100 North Closner, Edinburg in Texas, and can be reached at (956) 383-0921.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.