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District Judge, 342nd Judicial District

The district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction of Texas. District courts have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount in controversy (the amount of money or damages involved) is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed exclusively in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, in the more densely populated counties the courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters.
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    Julie K. Camacho (Rep) 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?

Phone (817) 952-8552
Occupation Commercial litigation and business attorney
Education 2001 J.D., magna cum laude, St. Mary's Univ. Sch. of Law; 1994 B.A. Economics and Bus. Admin; State Bar College since 2006- twice as much Continuing Legal Education each year
Experience Over 16 years as a practicing attorney licensed by the Texas Bar. Trials in Federal Court, state District Court, County Courts, Justice Courts, and state and federal appellate briefs.
Twitter @JCamachoLegal
Criminal defendants have a right to representation but most civil litigants do not. I have volunteered over 50 hours of free or low cost legal services directly to elderly, veteran, and minority clients since starting my law firm in 2013. I am a member of the 2018 Pro Bono College. I think we need to encourage more attorneys to provide litigation pro bono with incentives.
My plan of action is to set aside an amount of time daily or weekly in which I will hold non-evidentiary hearings utilizing technology such as conference calls or web conferences. This should allow for the disposition of those hearings which cause delays in reaching the constitutionally protected trial.This will save the parties and the taxpayer money
My husband and I are self-funding my campaign to avoid the necessity of seeking and accepting large donations. I know that money would never sway me in my decision making, because the law is primary, but I wanted to avoid even the appearance of impartiality. While we are accepting donations, we are limiting all donations to 10% of the allowed maximum.
The issue I feel is most pressing in the District courts, other than efficiency, is the failure to apply the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, Texas Statutes, and the Constitutions fairly and equally to all parties. An uneven playing field is created when a Judge allows the identity of a Party in litigation to determine the outcome to a ruling made on evidentiary issues, or lets one party slide instead of strictly applying the text of all levels of the law. The courts seem to sometimes forget that the Rules of Procedure and Evidence are part of the laws that must be strictly and equally applied to all parties.

I would address this issue by fairly, evenly, and consistently applying the text of the Constitutions, laws, rules, and binding precedent to every single party before the court without regard to the identity of the parties.
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