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Chief Justice, 11th Court of Appeals

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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    John Bailey (Rep) Justice - 11th 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?

Education I am a graduate of Cisco High School (1985), Cisco Jr. College (1987), and Tarleton State University (1989), graduating with highest honors at each institution. I then attended the Texas Tech School of Law, graduating with honors in 1992.
I have worked at the 11th Court of Appeals for the past 16 years, first as a staff attorney and then as a judge on the court for the last 4 years. I have handled hundreds of appellate cases during that period of time.
The Texas Fair Defense Act went a long way in remedying past shortcomings of the indigent criminal defense system. Additionally, the Michael Morton Act has greatly aided criminal defense attorneys in preparing an adequate defense for their clients. Encouraging attorneys to serve clients on a pro bono basis is the key to providing access to the poor to the courts.
The two most pressing issues facing the court are continuity and stability. In the last 10 years, we have experienced unprecedented turnover with both judges and staff at the court. My experience working at the court for the past 16 years provides a measure of stability and continuity that will help serve the court well into the future.