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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected officeshttps://youtu.be/JuRlMQt57Xo6-year term. A member of the court that hears only civil cases. The Supreme Court issues final decisions on civil and juvenile appeals, issues writs of mandamus/habeas corpus, and has jurisdiction over orders or judgments of trial courts if the Supreme Court determines them important to the jurisprudence of the state. Current salary: $171,000Plazo de 6 años. Un miembro de la corte que solamente escucha casos civiles. La Corte Suprema emite decisiones finales sobre apelaciones civiles y juveniles, emite recursos de mandamus/habeas corpus y tiene jurisdicción sobre órdenes o sentencias de tribunales de primera instancia si la Corte Suprema determina que son importantes para la jurisprudencia del estado. Salario actual: $ 171,000.

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    R.K. Sandill

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Background: What training, experience, and background qualify you for this position?

Public Protection: What changes, if any, are needed to provide better protection to the public regarding rules and standards for the legal profession?

Mental Health: What should the Supreme Court’s goals be in the newly formed Judicial Commission on Mental Health?

Responsibilities: Which responsibility of a Texas Supreme Court justice is your highest priority and how do you intend to accomplish it?

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I have served on the District Court Bench in Harris County for almost 10 years. After graduating law school, I clerked at the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, and then worked in private practice for several years.

After having presided over 200 jury trials and over 12,000 matters as a district court judge, I have experience in all facets of civil law, which makes me well qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
As Lawyers, we hold the highest duty and responsibility to our clients. The Court needs to ensure those duties and responsibilities are fulfilled. Further, the Court needs to ensure the civil justice system is accessible to Texans, and that cases at all levels are handled in a cost effective and expedient manner.
The Court must take steps to ensure that at every level of the judicial system we have trained individuals who understand mental health needs. We must also use resources to better assist those who may be suffering from mental health issues. And these resources must include those outside of our jails, which have become the de facto mental health system in this state.
I intend to improve Texans' confidence that the civil justice system is not stacked against them. It should and will be a system that is fair to all, regardless of one’s income or financial resources. The Court should ensure the right to a jury trial is protected and the work of juries is honored.

Finally, it is imperative that we return to our judicial touchstones, which are the Constitutions of the United States and Texas, as our legal guiding lights.