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Justice, 5th 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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    Craig Stoddart (Rep) Justice, 5th Court of Appeals

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Biographical Information

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?

Campaign Phone (214) 738-3304
Education I attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas. In 1990, I graduated for the Texas Tech School of Law
From 1992 through 2014, I served as an appellate prosecutor for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Since joining the Court in 2014, I have participated in over 1000 cases and authored in excess of 300 judicial opinions.
In addition to increased accuracy, advances in DNA technology have reduced its cost, making it more accessible to low income individuals. Administrative innovations such as the Client Choice Project in Comal County are improving the quality of indigent representation by allowing clients to help choose appointed appointed counsel best suited to meet their individual needs.
My highest priority as a Justice of the 5th Court of Appeals is to remain true to the citizens of our District. Article 2 of the Texas Constitution requires that each branch of our government remain separate. I strive to stay within that mandate by adhering to strict textual analysis of the statutes promulgated by our elected legislature.