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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 2

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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    David Evans
    (Rep)

  • Robbie Partida-Kipness
    (Dem)

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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?

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I have 18 years of judicial experience, while my opponent has none. The Committee for a Qualified Judiciary (CQJ) found me qualified, but did not find my opponent qualified. As a justice, I have authored approximately 700 opinions and participated in almost two thousand appellate decisions; as a trial judge, I tried 343 civil jury trials.
The Fifth Court of Appeals was the first to create an on-line attorney portal so attorneys and parties who represent themselves can access the record of their appeal electronically. Texas law assigns to the trial courts the responsibility to decide whether a party can proceed without paying costs, so that decision is not one made by any court of appeals.
Preparing well for oral argument and authoring carefully reasoned opinions that follow Texas law. That is the core job of justices on the Fifth Court of Appeals for which my entire education and experience has well-prepared me.
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