Roberto Cañas was the Judge of County Criminal Court 10 for ten-and-a-half years. His court handled only criminal domestic violence cases.


During his first campaign, Rob Cañas promised to make County Criminal Court 10 one of the best courts in the country. He kept that promise. In 2013 and 2015, his court was named a Domestic Violence Mentor Court by the U.S. Department of Justice, one of only six in the country. This means that when other cities or counties wanted to start a domestic violence court, they came to Dallas to learn how to do that.

Rob Cañas promised to make victim safety and offender accountability his top priorities.

For two years, he spearheaded Dallas County’s efforts to develop a workable process for domestic violence offenders to surrender their guns.

  • Under the Lautenberg Amendment,  anyone who has been convicted of  a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” is barred from possessing a firearm for life.

  • 52% of survivors surveyed said they would feel safer if law enforcement took their partner’s guns and 67%  believed their partner was capable of killing them.

Rob Cañas also worked to institutionalize the Batterers’ Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP).


This specialized program holds offenders accountable for past abusive behavior and teaches them the fundamentals of leading healthy, nonviolent relationships—with better results than the typically prescribed anger management classes.


Rob Cañas took the time to sit through the entire 24 weeks of the program so as to know exactly what it taught.

When Rob Cañas took the bench, he promised to restore the federal grant money that his predecessor had lost.

Not only did he restore the original lost grant, but he received additional federal grant money for a total of over $1.1 million dollars in taxpayer money coming back to Dallas County to address domestic violence.

Rob Cañas shared his expertise in domestic violence with other judges in Dallas, in Texas, in the United States and with judges in India and Columbia.


  • Faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

  • Partnered with organizations like the Texas Center on the Judiciary, Texas Council on Family Violence, Emerge Inc., and Vital Voices to train judges

  • Member of the Dallas Mayor’s Executive Task Force on Domestic Violence

  • In 2016, Judge Cañas traveled to Columbia and India to train judges there

  • Running as a Democrat, Rob Cañas became the first Latino elected to County Criminal Court 10 in 2006
  • Recipient of the 2013 Champion of Human Rights Award from Mosaic Family Services
  •  Recipient of the 2009 “Make a Difference Award” from New Beginning Center
  • Recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Young Dallasite Award
  • Nominated for the 2008 “Man of Influence Award” from the Family Place
  • Keynote speaker for the 2008, 5th Annual Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Conference
  • Panelist, 4th Annual National Domestic Violence Prevention Summit – Engaging Communities to Help End Domestic Violence, September 2009
  • Guest Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Family Violence Over the Lifecourse Criminology class, November 2009
  • Two-time speaker at the SMU Domestic Violence Week Seminar, 2007 & 2009
  • Accepted appointment from the President of the American Bar Association to the Commission on Domestic Violence, a group of judges and lawyers who work together to combat domestic violence
  • Law degree, cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law, 1997; bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Operation Kindness no-kill animal shelter, Board of Directors, 2007 - 2011
  • Junior League, Community Advisory Board
  • Former Oak Cliff Lions Club member

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