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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 9

6-year term. Must be age 35-74 years, a U.S. Citizen, a Texas resident, licensed to practice law in Texas, a registered voter, and have at least 10 years experience as a lawyer or judge. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district.Período de 6 años. Debe tener una edad de 35-74 años, ser ciudadano estadounidense, residente de Texas, con licencia para practicar leyes en Texas, ser un votante registrado y tener por lo menos 10 años de experiencia como abogado o juez. Escucha apelaciones en casos civiles y penales de tribunales de primera instancia en su distrito.
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    Jason Boatright (Rep) Justice, 5th Court of Appeals

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Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Access to Justice: What recent developments, such as improved DNA testing, provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases appealed from district and county courts?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice and is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

Campaign Phone (972) 271-7788
Twitter @JEBoatright
Education Middlebury College, B.A. University of St Andrews, Postgraduate Diploma University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
As a justice on the court of appeals, I research and write legal opinions. Previously, I ran the Attorney General's opinion division, issuing legal opinions to district attorneys. I've also handled appellate matters as a private attorney.
I faithfully interpret the texts of laws requiring access to justice, including the due process clause of the US Constitution and the open courts guarantee of the Texas Constitution. I welcome any technological advance that improves evidence, assists investigation, and makes courts more efficient. I'm grateful for attorneys who donate time to help people pursue justice.
I swore to uphold the Texas Constitution, which vests judges with judicial authority: the power to say what the law is. I therefore decide each case only on the text of applicable laws, and explain clearly in writing why those laws require the decision I make. That is my solemn duty. My years of experience writing legal opinions made me able to do it right.
Campaign Phone (214) 544-5780
Education Bachelor of Arts in History, minors in Spanish and Philosophy, Juris Doctor from the Baylor School of Law
1. I have been litigating almost every type of civil and criminal case the Court hears, from every possible side of the bar, in all six counties from which appeals the Fifth Court of Appeals are taken for over sixteen and one-half years.
2. Courts provide a means by which our governments decide facts, within appropriate legal standards. Any process that reliably provides greater access to truthful information enhances that quest for truth.
3. A Court of Appeals Justice is obliged to insure that lower courts follow Texas law. Within those limitations, all Texas judges have an obligation to see that justice is done as best as that Justice understands it. Canons of Judicial Conduct 3B(10) & 5 prohibit, in my view, further comment.