Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 7
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. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district.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 tener por lo menos 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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Julie Countiss (Dem)
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?
Which responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice and is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?
Southern Methodist University, BS 1993
University of Houston Law Center, JD 2002
I am an Assistant County Attorney for Harris County where I work in the litigation section representing Harris County and the people of the State of Texas in a wide variety of matters. I have been an attorney for over 15 years.
In criminal cases, public defender's offices, particularly in Harris County, are flourishing. As a result, the number of pro se defendants in criminal cases is decreasing. Texas also has an Indigent Defense Commission and the focus on ensuring access to justice for everyone, regardless of financial means, is finally growing all over the state.
Courts of appeals decisions establish binding precedents that shape the civil and criminal law in meaningful ways. For this reason, my highest priority is to work relentlessly in pursuit of fair and honest results. That means working long hours and approaching each case thoughtfully and with vigor.
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