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Family District Judge, 323rd Judicial District

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    Riley Shaw (Rep) Assistant Criminal District Attorney

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What, if anything, should be done to improve access to justice for low income residents in civil and criminal cases?

What can and should be done to run the court more effectively and efficiently to provide swift justice?

How will you maintain impartiality, given the necessity of raising funds for political campaigns?

What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the District courts, and how would you address them?

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Phone (817) 691-6029
Website www.shawforjudge.com
Occupation Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Education Nolan Catholic High School, 1986. Texas Tech University, BBA-Finance (1991), Doctor of Jurisprudence (1994). Licensed, State Bar of Texas, 1994. Board Certified - Juvenile Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005.
Experience Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County, 1999-present. Juvenile Law Section, State Bar of Texas, Past Chair. Texas Juvenile Justice Board, Past Board Member. Texas Violent Gang Task Force, Member and Legal Liaison.
Twitter @shawforjudge
I would suggest a two-step process. First, there is a great need to increase education and information access regarding legal rights and remedies, statutory and constitutional rights, and the basics of how the legal system works. Second, access to qualified counsel can be broadened through cooperative efforts among local law firms, non-profits, and public entities.
I plan to develop and implement best practices regarding workflow and caseload management in the 323rd District Court. This will include applying information technology in order to monitor progress, flag issues, and identify, track and respond to trends - all so that swift justice can be achieved while making the best use of limited resources.
I will strictly adhere to the Texas Canons of Judicial Ethics and will consistently comply with all ethical, statutory and constitutional provisions related to campaign finance, to the cases before the court, and to my service as a District Judge.
The 323rd Judicial District Court hears two types of cases: Juvenile Delinquency (crimes committed by children - from shoplifting to Capital Murder) and Child Welfare (cases involving CPS). As a result, the issues affecting this particular court generally focus on: (1) community safety, (2) family structure, strength and support, and (3) the physical, mental, and emotional health of our children. I will efficiently manage the work of this Court to ensure the best use of limited resources and swift justice for all parties - and I will do so while treating all persons with fairness, dignity and respect. As Judge of the 323rd District Court, I will always follow the law, will not legislate from the bench, and will steadfastly support safe communities, strong families, and healthy children.