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Collin County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2

4-year term. Must be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for civil cases and criminal misdemeanor cases punishable by fine only.
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    Dian Engelman (Dem) Retired

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Prevention: What measure do you support, if any, to reduce the quantity of school truancy cases?

Accessibility: The JP Courts are often referred to as “The People’s Courts.” What measures do you support to make the JP courts more accessible to the people?

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing for the county Justice of the Peace courts, and how would you address them?

Education Sherman High School BS degree from TAMC in history & English. MS degree from TAMC in history.
Experience Taught history, English, reading & reading improvement, English as Second Language in Alllen ISD and Princeton ISD American History at Collin College. Developmental Writing at Eastfield College Bicentennial Commission Collin County
Campaign Phone (972) 547-1620
Truancy is not a one size fits all problem. I think community service by truant students is one answer. Peer input can also impact a student's decision to attend school. It is important to consider the student and available programs when making a decision. Truly, it does take a village.
There needs to be public access to the court and the JP, perhaps even an open house. I think there needs to be varied hours for court and more education aimed at constituents.
Defendants often do not understand their rights or expectations because they cannot afford to hire an attorney. Again, there needs to be education aimed at constituents. We need volunteers to help constituents.I am open to programs that will help residents and make Collin County an even better place to live. And I hope that all JPs in Collin County will stay in touch and share with each other.