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176th Criminal District Court Houston, Harris County, Texas

About Judge Nikita Harmon

I have over 19 years of judicial experience as a Judge. I have presided over numerous jury and bench trials.  I have courtroom experience and knowledge of court processes and procedures. I received a B.B.A. from Texas Southern University in May 1983 and a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May 1990.  I was admitted to practice in the State of Texas in November 1990.  While a law student, I was the recipient of the prestigious Texas Young Lawyer’s Scholarship. 

Throughout my life and career, I have served as a volunteer for a number of community activities and social organizations; donated free legal services, coordinated senior citizen workshops and established a book club for elementary aged-children. I am the former Legal Advisor for the McGregor Place Civic Club and sat on the Board of Directors of So La Ti Village, Inc.  For my dedicated service, I have been honored by my church with the “Sunday School Teacher of the Year Award” and the recipient of “The Outstanding Young Women’s Award.”

"Fair, formed, and focused" is how I would like to be thought of. I believe in being fair which means being honest and treating everyone who comes before the bench with dignity and respect.  It is my practice to be formed which means I will be organized and will run the courtroom efficiently and effectively.  It is my aim to stay focused which means I will stay concentrated on applying the law consistently and fairly, even when it may not be the popular thing to do.  The court system today faces many challenges, solutions to these challenges must come from those who work in the court system. I will solicit suggestions from everyone as to how we can do things better.


“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

Dr. Martin Luther King

  • PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE  176TH CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, 2017-PRESENT
  • ASSOCIATE JUDGE CITY OF HOUSTON 1999-2016
  • BBA 1983 TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
  • JURIS DOCTORATE – MAY 1990
  • TEXAS YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOC. MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP
  • OUTSTANDING YOUNG WOMEN AWARD
  • STAFF ATTORNEY FOR AID TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE  1994-2004
  • ORGANIZED AND FACILITATED CLE SEMINAR AT THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW
  • STATE BAR OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS GUEST PANELIST
  • PRAIRE VIEW A&M GUEST PANELIST
  • THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOOL OF LAW AWARD CEREMONY SPEAKER
  • GUEST PANELIST AT TMSL
  • GUEST PANELIST HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATIONS MINORITY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

  • PAST AND PRESENT AFFILIATIONS:
  • LIFE MEMBER - ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY INC.
  • LINKS INC.
  • HOUSTON CARROUSELS
  • TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT COURT JUDGES
  • AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION