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    Marilyn Burgess
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    Chris Daniel
    (Rep)

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Address what you will do to increase the percentage of people who respond to their jury summons, so that prospective jurors represent the broadest possible cross-section of our diverse community.

How can technology be used to streamline your operations and make the services of the District Clerk’s office more easily accessible to those who must use them?

What steps will you take to address the logistical issues and scheduling backlogs in the courts that resulted from Hurricane Harvey flooding?

Education Bachelors of Science Degree from Louisiana State University, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Association Executive, Certified Chamber Executive
Experience * Executive Director of Texas Parent Teacher Association (PTA) * President of North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce *CFO for various businesses * Self-employed CPA
Community *Finance committee member for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast *Board member & Treasurer for Jane's Due Process *Many Democratic Clubs *Sustaining member of Annie's List & HCDP
Phone (832) 742-5728
Jury duty can be intimidating & inconvenient. I will streamline it and respect prospective jurors’ time using technology. I will employ an electronic jury summons that allows citizens to receive exemptions without having to appear, be assigned directly to a courtroom, & receive timely communications via email. This will save jurors 2 hours in General Assembly, reduce congestion in the courthouse, & save tax dollars. I will also work with leaders in minority communities to increase participation.
The largest county in the state should be on the leading edge of technology, not trailing behind. We must use technology to improve efficiencies & save tax dollars through: • Electronic jury summons • Courthouse payment kiosks, to pay jurors for their service at the end of the day • Reset cases online to free up courtrooms • Encourage attorneys to receive electronic notices only • E-issuance of citations • After-hours support for e-filing • Drive public awareness of access to documents online
Harvey had a devastating effect on our judicial system, closing the criminal justice building & forcing civil & criminal judges to share courtrooms, resulting in significant court backlogs.We should reset cases online rather than take up courtroom time. This will require the cooperation of the DA & judges. There are also simple strategies to address logistics, such as providing directories of temporary courtrooms on each floor & in every elevator, and organized by courtroom number, not by floor.
Education B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin J.D. South Texas College of Law
Experience District Clerk, Harris County--2011-present Law Clerk, The Matthews Firm, LLC--2009-2010 Project Manager, KBR--2008 Design Engineer, NOV --2005--2008
Community Sam Houston Area Council (Boy Scouts)--Board Member; Helping a Hero--Board Member; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo--Ex Officio Board Member; Rotarian
Phone (713) 526-3399
Twitter @texasdaniel
Besides continuing our expansive Public Service Announcements program, that includes billboards, metro signs, op-eds, radio & television commercials, civic club speaking engagements, we are implementing Jury Pay Cards to expedite paying jurors while eliminating most checks. We modernized Jury Appreciation Week. We are expanding online check in for jurors to the courthouse as well as creating reminder notices. We continue to advocate for free parking for jurors to commissioners court
Since taking office in 2011 we placed many services online, such as: e-subpoenas, e-filing for most courts (except Juvenile), free background checks, rescheduling jury duty online; we are rolling out more online services like: e-citations, electronic jury notifications, official e-notifications, & online scheduling for hearings. This is in addition to physical improvements at the justice complex, including: Child Support Kiosks, expanded passport offices/ locations, & more public computers!
Thanks to the technology we put into the courthouse, during Harvey, we never ceased operations: we were accepting efilings & rescheduling jury duty in the middle of the storm. Because we had practiced our disaster plans, we had our folks physically back at the courthouse within days after the storm. We had jury duty back up in 6 weeks. We are already beta-testing online self-service options for attorneys to pick their own dates online. Every Storm is different, but technology saves us.