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Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 7

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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    Julie Countiss
    (Dem)

  • Terry Yates
    (Rep)

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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) 553-8852
Twitter @JulieCountiss
I graduated from University of Houston Law School in 2002 and have 16 years of experience. I practiced law in private firms until 2014 when I was appointed Assistant County Attorney by Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan. I represent the County in complex federal and state court litigation. I bring an open mind and a dedication to public service.
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission supports effective indigent defense representation with grants for new programs and technology to streamline indigent defense processes and databases at the statewide level for public defenders to share data and resources. The State Bar of Texas’ Legal Access Division provides support, referral services and free self-help legal resources on its website. They offer a wealth of online tools for attorneys taking on pro bono cases.
My highest priority is to apply the law consistently and fairly without the interference of personal ideology or politics. I will not misuse the law to manufacture the result I want. An appellate court justice must respect the rule of law unless there is a principled basis for ruling differently. I will come to the court with an open mind, intellectual curiosity and the right experience. I look forward to working with and learning from my colleagues serving on the First Court of Appeals.
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