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Judge Russ Ridgway


  • Texas Supreme Court Task Force for New Rules for Justice Courts (2011 - 2013)
  • Vice President, Texas Justice Court Judges Association (2018 - 2020)
  • Teacher, Texas Justice Court Training Center
    • "Backlog and Document Management" (for New Judges) (2010 - 2015)
  • Past Presiding Judge, Harris County Justice Courts (2010 - 2012)
  • Past Co-Presiding Judge, Harris County Justice Courts (2007 - 2009)
  • Chair, Justice Court Technology Committee (2004 - 2016)
  • Voting member of Justice Technology Committee (2017)
  • Voting member, past JIMS Executive Board and JIMS Steering Committee (2010 - 2016)
  • Past Chair, Justice Court Education and Clerk Professional Development Committee (2004 - 2011)



Marietta College, B.S. Petroleum Engineering
University of Houston, MBA.


Judge Russ Ridgway was unanimously appointed by Commissioners Court to serve as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5, Place 1 on June 3, 2003. He was elected by a very significant majority of voters in November 2004 and re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016 to serve an additional 4-year terms. He is a longtime resident (47+ years) of Precinct 5 and worked for years as international energy consultant with experience in litigation support and mediation.

Judge Ridgway has handled over 1 million new cases including over 390 criminal and civil jury trials through December 2019. Judge Ridgway reduced serious inherited backlog (128,000 cases) to virtually zero on civil cases and completed a major 4-year effort to reduce criminal case backlog to virtually none before year-end 2007.

He has served on 2 judicial committees/task forces to Texas Supreme Court (2010 - 11 and 2019 to the present)

For the past 16+ years, Judge Ridgway's court has been one of the busiest in the State of Texas in terms of cases filed.

He has also taught courses to consumers on Small Claims Court at the University of Houston Law School. He is also a frequent speaker to school and community organizations.

In July 2009 Judge Ridgway received the National Courthouse Award by the National Association of Counties at their annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

As a consultant, he mediated disputes between governments and corporations as well as joint venture partners in multi-billion dollar disagreements. Also, he previously provided contractual and operational analysis for numerous mergers and acquisitions, bank financing and performance audits as well as being an expert witness in major litigation cases.

Judge Ridgway has an MBA in Finance from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College. He is active in several community groups and civic clubs and is a longtime member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. He is also the former manager of Gas Transportation and Operations for a major corporation. He also serves on the board of the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and has received numerous recognitions and awards.