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Judge, County Probate Court-at-Law No. 1

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  • Patricia B Chew
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What training, experience and characteristics qualify you for this position?

What do you see as the most critical administration of justice issue facing the courts? How would you address this issue?

What method of selecting judges do you feel best ensures an independent judiciary?

How would you select attorneys to represent indigent defendants in your court? Please discuss selecting attorneys from the Public Defenders Office vs the selection of private attorneys.

Campaign Phone (915) 861-9212
Education/Degrees BA Political Science, Texas Southern Univ JD Thurgoid Marshall School of Law
Professional Experience 19 years Private Practice Immigration Law, Probate and Special Education 8 years as Presiding Judge Probate Court No. 1
Community Involvement 13 years as Special Education Advocate Former Board member Autism Society Former Board Member Special Ed Advisory Council
I have 19 years of experience as a private attorney practicing in probate and guardianships and 8 years as the presiding judge of the Probate Court 1
I believe the timely adjudication of cases.
The election process is costly and burdensome. However, the appointment process also has its weaknesses if there is not a partisan vetting process
We currently use a rotation list which requires the attorneys to be certified in Guardianships. This process is mandated by law.