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Chief Justice, 5th Court of Appeals

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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  • Robert Burns
    (Dem)

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    Douglas S. Lang
    (Rep)

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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 Chief Justice, Court of Appeals, is your highest priority and why?

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I am running for Chief Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, the largest Court of Appeals in Texas. The Chief Justice renders case decisions and is “CEO” of the court. My qualifications are proven leadership, 16 years experience on the court, a hands on understanding of the court's budget and personnel management, and management experience.
In 2001, Chapter 64, Tex. C. C. P. became law. A person convicted of a crime may seek DNA testing if the person can show, among other things, there is a “reasonable likelihood” that the evidence contains biological material suitable for DNA testing and identity was or is an issue in the case. If the motion is denied by the trial court, then one can seek appellate review. This process provides more safeguards to assure due process.
As Chief Justice, I will assure efficient operation of all facets of the court so the 13 justices with 52 personnel can decide about 1700 cases per year. Also, I will have frequent interaction with the Texas Legislature in order to assure an adequate budget. This all will be done by hard work, attention to detail, and use of recognized interpersonal and leadership skills