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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 12

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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    William "Randy" Johnson (Rep) Attorney at Law

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    Jim Pikl (Rep) Attorney

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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 (972) 769-7200
Education Texas Tech University School of Law (JD 1984); University of Texas at Austin (BA Government 1980); Richland Community College (76-78); and Richardson High School (Class of '76).
I have 33+ years experience prosecuting and defending civil and criminal cases in trial and on appeal. I have prosecuted/defended over 120 civil and criminal appeals, tried more than 100 civil and criminal jury trials, and appeared in over 100 administrative hearings. I am Board Certified in the areas of Civil Trial, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Law. I have served as a court-appointed mediator. I am on Collin County's list of approved attorneys for appointment in criminal appeals. I have a strong work ethic, experience, integrity and a commitment to fairness and the rule of law.
In 2001, the Texas Fair Defense Act established rules to promote delivery of meaningful indigent defense services in criminal cases. In 2015, legislation was enacted to strengthen access to post-conviction DNA testing to help the wrongfully convicted prove innocence and law enforcement to find actual perpetrators. The Fifth District has a pro bono program that is administered by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
My primary responsibilities as a justice are to be fair and impartial; to defend, honor and follow the rule of law; and to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. I will fulfill these responsibilities by helping to establish, maintain and enforce high standards of conduct and by personally observing those standards so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary is preserved. I will also continue to maintain a strong work ethic and seek to expedite appeals to prevent delay and promote justice for all persons and parties.
Campaign Phone (214) 212-6628
Twitter @pikl4judge
Education BA Mathematics, BA Economics, Eastern Wash. Univ. (both with honors); Graduate Econometrics, Univ. of Arizona; JD Law, Gonzaga School of Law (with honors)
31 years experience in complex commercial and Constitutional/civil rights litigation and appeals, all over the country. I have been counsel in cases involving every type of law the Court of Appeals decides (criminal, family, and civil).
DNA and other technology improvements have made defending cases much more cost-effective as well as ensuring much more accurate evidence is available in court. Indigent defense continues to be a source of tension in our system, and lawyers need to take seriously their oath to improve the system, for everyone, even when they are not being paid by their client.
To ensure that our courts do not become politically weaponized, and instead stick to adjudicating legal issues, supporting the Constitution, and enforcing the rule of law. Accomplishing these things must be the task and goal of the appellate courts if our system is to function as designed and intended. Political partisanship has no place in judicial decision-making.