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Judge, County Court at Law #3

Primary Election - Tuesday, March 6, 2018(Early Voting: Tuesday, February 20-Friday, March 2, 2018)A Lubbock County Court at Law Judge serves a 4-year term.
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    Phillip Hays (Rep) Judge, County Court at Law #3

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    David Nelson (Rep) Attorney

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Biographical Information

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office. (325 characters, approx. 50 words)

SPECIALTY COURTS: How does the growing trend toward specialty courts improve legal procedures in Lubbock county? (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

SPEEDY AND FAIR JUSTICE: Explain the role of the judge in ensuring that justice is both speedy and fair. (450 characters, approx. 75 words)

Campaign Phone (806) 701-3910
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Education I received my Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Texas Tech School of Law; Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University; Graduate - Monterey High School Graduate of College for New Judges at the Texas Center for the Judiciary
For 27 years, I practiced law in exactly the types of cases that are filed in County Court at Law #3. My experience in Family Law, Probate and Will Contests, Guardianships, Business Disputes and Civil Trials, Adoptions, Mental Commitments and Landlord/Tenant issues makes me uniquely qualified to preside over this Court.
Many cases filed in the criminal courts benefit from the use of specialty courts. I am in favor of the trend in this alternate form of justice for offenders. Under the right conditions, offenders are required to attend and complete prescribed programs without using resources that are needed to address more serious crimes. Specialty courts are cost effective and have achieved good results. Treating drug and alcohol problems benefits the community.
Judges control the courtroom and the movement of cases through their court. They issue scheduling orders, which provide for fairness to each side, that require the parties to adhere to strict timelines for completing their cases, although some cases are more complex and require more time to reach a conclusion. The Judge must move at least the number of cases that are being filed each year to allow for the citizens to have their day in court.
Campaign Phone (806) 747-7037
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Education Texas Tech University School of Law - Doctor of Jurisprudence; Texas Tech University - Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance; Lubbock Monterey High School - Graduate
I have over 40 years as a practicing attorney in general civil litigation, handling almost every type of legal matter that comes before this court. I have tried more jury trials than my opponent. I am an effective mediator with 18 years of distinguished service. I have been appointed by 2 governors to state legal boards.
They speed up the legal process by having accessible courts capable of rendering prompt remedies as needed. Additionally, our drug and alcohol specialty courts provide focused education and mentoring that has proven to address social and mental health issues resulting in significantly lower recidivism rates.
With over 40 years of law practice, I know how to manage a trial docket that will provide access to both jury and non-jury court proceedings and disposition of all matters pending before the court, resulting in a speedy and thorough judicial process. When the judge tirelessly administers and protects that process, fairness to all people who come before the court is insured.