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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 9

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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    Jason Boatright (Rep) Justice, 5th Court of Appeals

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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 (972) 271-7788
Twitter @JEBoatright
Education Middlebury College, B.A. University of St Andrews, Postgraduate Diploma University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
As a justice on the court of appeals, I research and write legal opinions. Previously, I ran the Attorney General's opinion division, issuing legal opinions to district attorneys. I've also handled appellate matters as a private attorney.
I faithfully interpret the texts of laws requiring access to justice, including the due process clause of the US Constitution and the open courts guarantee of the Texas Constitution. I welcome any technological advance that improves evidence, assists investigation, and makes courts more efficient. I'm grateful for attorneys who donate time to help people pursue justice.
I swore to uphold the Texas Constitution, which vests judges with judicial authority: the power to say what the law is. I therefore decide each case only on the text of applicable laws, and explain clearly in writing why those laws require the decision I make. That is my solemn duty. My years of experience writing legal opinions made me able to do it right.