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Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 3

6-year term. Hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from lower courts in its district. Current Salary: $154,500Plazo de 6 años. Escucha apelaciones sobre casos civiles y penales de los tribunales inferiores en su distrito. Salario actual: $ 154,500.

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    Brett Busby
    (Rep)

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    Jerry Zimmerer
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Access to Justice: What recent technological developments provide opportunities to improve the state's indigent defense system in civil and criminal cases?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Justice, Court of Appeals, is your highest priority and why?

Campaign Phone (713) 443-2583
Twitter @BrettBusby
I worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, built a successful appellate practice at Bracewell, and became Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. I have served on the court for 6 years, earning high ratings from the lawyers who appear before me. Appellate lawyers across Texas recently elected me as chair of the State Bar Appellate Section.
I chair the Rules and Legislation Committee for the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Our projects include: revising the Code of Judicial Conduct to show judges and clerks how they can help indigent parties access the court system; and revising State Bar rules so attorneys who are retired or licensed out-of-state can provide free legal advice. Also, my court's website provides information about the appellate pro bono program, which matches indigent parties with volunteer lawyers.
A justice's responsibility in each case is to give the parties a fair hearing and impartially decide the issues they raise based on the law and the record before the court. I work hard to meet this goal each day by studying the parties' arguments, being engaged and courteous when questioning attorneys, and writing clear, understandable opinions.
Doctorate Jurisprudence (JD), South Texas College of Law, Masters of Law (LL.M) Health Law, University of Houston, Masters of Law (LL.M) International Law University of Houston, Ethics Internship: MD Anderson Ethics Section, AA White – Credentialed in Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration, Broad Civil Trial and Appellate Experience.
Technological as it relates to “Access to Justice” is a two-edged sword. Technology helps the court system work better, ensures better scheduling and communications; but on the other hand, it leaves those without resources or technical understanding less able to participate. Our charge to the technology professionals must include the broadest possible array of accessibility and languages to reach the largest possible audience; not just programs to handle higher volumes more efficiently.
In my role as Justice, I shall endeavor to do justice, but also to write opinions that will give clarity and instruction to the lower courts and to the legal community as a whole. I take to heart a Biblical reference in Micah 6:8 – “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" I will work hard, and will ever strive, to be the kind of Justice you would be proud. Please Vote Jerry Zimmerer For Justice.