Collin County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 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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Ramona Brumfield (Dem)
AVP; Operation Analyst Paralegal
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?
Bachelor's of Science in Business Management, University of Phoenix, Dallas, TX. University of Phoenix Lambda Sigma Chapter of the International Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, Paralegal Studies from Southern Methodist University
Worked in the legal field for several years with emphasis in foreclosure processes in 12 states, truancy mentor, volunteered with the Legal Aid clinic in Plano and Allen with assisting the public with pro bono legal aid counseling.
As a previous truancy mentor, I am familiar with the many conditions that may cause a child to end up in truancy court. As the next Justice of the Peace, I will push for more school, parent, and student engagement. For cases that end up in my courtroom, I would recommend the Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership: Follow Lead Succeed www.aeyleadership.org program which provides mentoring, educational guidance, and community service which has a proven track record of reducing truancy. I would also recommend Teen Court which will allow first time offenders to be judged by a jury of their peers.
The measure I support to make the JP Courts more accessible to the public is to hold night court quarterly for more public accessibility. I support excellent customer service by having the staff answer the phones within 4 rings. This will give the public live access to have their questions answered. Reduce the 3 hour wait time for cases to be heard and backlog of cases by being a punctual Judge and making sure the cases are placed on the docket properly. Also add additional training to staff to reduce turnover rate.
I believe as the cost of living keep increasing in Collin County that an influx of eviction cases will arise. The JP Courts are evicting at an alarming rate which creates a potential homeless population in Collin County. In 2017, 1,624 students were homeless in Collin County. A population of these students were affected by evictions. I propose an impartial volunteer diversion program between landlord and tenant. This program will pay back rent to landlords and keep qualified families from receiving detrimental judgments.
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