In November 2006, Judge Peter Sakai was elected to the 225th District Court bench, succeeding his friend and mentor, Senior Judge John J. Specia.

Judge Sakai was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.  He graduated from McAllen High School in 1972 and attended then named Pan American University.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and graduated with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas Law School in 1979.  At the age of 27 years old, he was appointed to be the Chief of the Juvenile Section of the District Attorney’s Office.  He left the D.A.’s office for private practice.  In 1989, he was appointed to be the Juvenile Master/Referee of the 289th District Court (Juvenile Court).

On January 1, 1995, Associate Judge Peter Sakai was appointed to the Children’s Court bench by the unanimous vote of the Bexar County Civil District Court Judges.  He was assigned to hear cases that involve child abuse and neglect cases and the adoption cases that involve foster children.

Through Judge Sakai’s leadership, adoption of foster children in Bexar County has increased nearly 1000% from 1995 to 2005.  Bexar County routinely leads the State of Texas for the number of foster children with consummated adoptions and permanent homes.  For his efforts, President (then Governor) George W. Bush recognized Judge Sakai and his model court on the Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption.

Judge Sakai is widely recognized in the community as being a leader who works hard to bring new ideas and solutions to help resolve issues of child abuse and neglect and family violence and to constantly challenge all involved in the child welfare system to more effectively serve the families that come into his courtroom and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Beyond his work with CASA and Child Protective Services Department, Judge Sakai is constantly looking for new and innovative ideas to help keep families together and improve children’s lives.  Most recently, he has been involved in the planning and building of a national model Bexar County Children’s Court in the historic Bexar County Courthouse, the implementation of a Family Drug Treatment Court for parents with addiction issues who have children in the foster care system, and the implementation of the Family Group Conferencing Model to bring families together to promote healing by families.

Contact Information

Judge Peter Sakai
225th District Court

Court Clerk: Jennifer Contreras
Phone Number: 210 335-2233
Fax Number: 210 335-3950
Mailing Address: 225th District Court
Bexar County Courthouse
100 Dolorosa, 4th floor
San Antonio, Texas 78205