Disciplinary Hearing set for Family Court Judge Rena Hughes Who Threatened Child With Jail

Judge Rena Hughes

(Las Vegas, Nevada: February 2, 2018) Family Court Judge Rena Hughes soon will be judged in a disciplinary hearing after a complaint was filed due to her conduct in a custody hearing that included threatening a weeping 12 year old child with jail if she did not immediately go into the custody of her allegedly abusive father.

The mother, Welthy Silva, was then slapped with a no contact order prohibiting any contact with her daughter, and has fought to regain parental rights. 

A video of the hearing captured the 12-year old girl’s terror at Judge Hughes actions towards her

Annie (Crying, Pleading) “Please no, I want to be with my mama. Please. I don’t want to be with him.”
Judge Hughes: “I’ve made my decision. I’ve already told you that.”
Annie: “I beg of you.”
Judge: “You don’t need to beg.  I’ve made the decision for your best interest.”
Annie: “How do you know my best interest? You don’t know me.”
Judge: “Because I told you, I’m a grown-up, and you’re a child.”
Annie: “Please, please, please, please, please.”

Silva says about the video footage of the hearing that it is too painful for her to watch. She also says,”I wasn’t thrilled about having my daughter exposed like this, but if it can get some justice, if it can save future children from this kind of abuse of power, then so be it. Judge Hughes sealed the case soon after the court video surfaced on You Tube.

Since the airing of this video, more mothers have come forward to complain about the behavior of Judge Hughes on their cases, who has been described as a “bully on the bench”. According to Action News 13,”More mothers are coming forward to Contact 13 saying a Family Court judge is a bully on the bench, accusing her of ripping families apart, failing to enforce child support orders and leaving children as collateral damage.. CONTACT 13: More moms come forward to say Family Court judge is bully on bench (Darcy Spears)


Update from the Las Vegas Review Journal,A disciplinary hearing has been set for Family Court Judge Rena Hughes to address allegations that she improperly held a mother in contempt of court during a custody battle.

At a hearing in June 2016, Hughes awarded a girl’s father temporary custody, then threatened to send the girl, who cried during the court proceeding, to Child Haven, a shelter for abused and neglected children, if she refused to go with her father, according to a formal statement of charges from the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline…

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal: Disciplinary hearing set for Family Court judge/

Also read the previous FCI post on the Silva case: UPDATE On Silva Case – Child Berated By Judge, Threatened With Jail After Refusing to Visit Abusive Father


About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. Written by a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. She has spent over a decade trapped in family court until her children finally aged out of the system. Through writing and blogging, FCI is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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7 Responses to Disciplinary Hearing set for Family Court Judge Rena Hughes Who Threatened Child With Jail

  1. Gary T says:

    I am just curious, what were the allegations against the father??
    We all know that malicious parental alienation can take hold of a child’s mind even when the NCP is blameless of any infraction.

    • Emily Court says:

      Whether you believe abuse occurred or not, multiple complaints of misconduct have been filed against Judge Rena Hughes who is described as being a “bully on the bench”. Judge Hughes’ behavior in this case is clearly an abuse of judicial authority, especially the way she has mistreated this child (which anyone can clearly see in the video from court).

      • Gary T says:

        Yes, I agree. The irrespective of this particular case, that judge does have a bad and blatant history of judicial vituperation.
        Censure quite appropriate.

  2. jane p says:

    Its disgusting and makes me cry. My daughters have been kept from me by a judge who did not know me or my children and our case was rigged. There was no real court its all behind the scenes who pays who with what. My children have been with their abuser kept from their mom and whole family. No lawyers will fight because they cant go against these judges they will be blackballed. Children for cash, children for careers. It is evil and has to stop. The suffering in my family alone is unbelievable. Please help us someone.

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