When Washington County District Judge Ralph France entered Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Feb. 19 for medical tests, he expected to return home that day.
Instead, the 56-year-old jurist underwent heart surgery. He was released from the hospital on Feb. 24, according to his wife, Carol France.
He will be recuperating at home for about six weeks, she said.
Earlier this month, France experienced some chest pains and went to his doctor for a stress test. Based on the results of those tests, an exploratory heart catheterization was scheduled.
Visiting judges will be called in to handle France's caseload in District Court until he returns to the bench, according to a spokesman in the Washington County State's Attorney's office.