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Family District Judge, 322nd Judicial District

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    James B. Munford

  • Maryellen Whitlock Hicks

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What, if anything, should be done to improve access to justice for low income residents in civil and criminal cases?

What can and should be done to run the court more effectively and efficiently to provide swift justice?

How will you maintain impartiality, given the necessity of raising funds for political campaigns?

What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the District courts, and how would you address them?

Phone (817) 946-1365
Website www.munfordforjudge.com
Occupation Associate Judge of 322nd District Court
Education Board Certified Family Law-1989, Licensed to Practice Law-1981, Law Decree from South Texas College of Law-1980, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Texas Arlington-1976, and graduated Grand Prairie High School-1971
Experience Associate Judge of the 322nd District Court. (2008 until present), Operated a successful Family Law practice. (1984 until 2007), Board Certified in Family Law since 1989, and Licensed to practice law since 1981.
There are programs for low income families. For example, I can think of six programs in Tarrant County with the primary one being the Access to Justice Program. As the Associate Judge of the 322nd District Court, I welcome self-represented individuals. A self-represented individual has access to the 322nd Family District Court and is treated with dignity and respect.
As the 322nd Associate Judge I have worked to maintain an effective and efficient Court. I often come in early and stay late to resolve cases and accommodate the public. The 322nd Court has implemented staggered times for hearings thereby reducing costs and fees. The 322nd Court has implemented pre-trial scheduling orders to keep the case on schedule and reduce costs.
I am seeking to be elected the Judge of the 322nd District Court. A judge has a duty to remain impartial. To remain impartial a judge should always follow the Rules of Procedure, the Rule of Law, the Rules of Evidence and the Judicial Code of Conduct. By following these rules and procedures the public will always have confidence in the judicial system.
Transparency is one of the most pressing issues facing the Courts today. It is crucial that the public have faith in our judicial system. A court should be open to the public. This means helping the public to have access to the times and dates for hearings and trials to be scheduled. A person should have the ability to track their case online. A judge should conduct the Court's business in open court and on the record. This means conducting an evidentiary hearing and ruling on the law. The more the Court's business is conducted in the presence of the public, the more faith the public will have in the system.
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