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Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 5

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. Reviews all death penalty cases and applications for habeas corpus in felony cases, hears final appeals on criminal cases, and administers publicly funded judicial and attorney education.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 con 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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    Martha Hill Jamison (Rep) Justice, 14th 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?

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Campaign Phone (713) 553-3081
Education J.D., University of Texas School of Law B.J., University of Texas at Austin
Experience: Appellate justice since 2010. General Counsel to the Harris County Tax Office. Ten years as a Harris County civil district judge. Ten-year Mediator. Training: Journalist and civil lawyer. Characteristics: Hard-working, patient and fair.
The willingness of lawyers to provide pro bono services and the creation of the public defender's office is very important. To the extent indigent litigants can understand their rights and the justice system early in the process, outcomes can be more greatly affected. It is more difficult to benefit from improved DNA testing, etc. after the case is over.
In most cases, the decision of the intermediate court of appeals is the final decision (the high courts may select the cases they decide). My responsibility is to interpret the law as it is written, even if I don't personally like it. I have demonstrated my ability and willingness to accept difficult, even politically-charged, cases and to apply the rule of law consistentl