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Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 12

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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    Ken Molberg
    (Dem)

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    Jim Pikl
    (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?

I have three terms of judicial experience and 33 years of trial and appellate experience as an attorney in local, state and federal courts. I have served as Judge of the 95th District Court since being elected in 2008. I serve as Local Administrative District Judge and previously served as Presiding Judge of all Civil District Courts.
Efficiency and cost-effectiveness are critical to allow counties to offer adequate indigent defense, with counties covering the vast portion of the cost of indigent defense. Technology can help better manage heavy case loads. Technology streamlines the court's case management, helps attorneys perform indigent defense more easily, and overcomes geographical and scheduling barriers. Technologies such as videoconferencing and case management systems come to mind.
The Fifth District Court of Appeals is the primary recourse for anyone dissatisfied with a ruling at the trial court level in family, criminal and civil courts in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Grayson, Kaufman and Hunt counties. My responsibility is to objectively give cases a careful second look, to be sure there were no defects at the trial level. As Justice, my highest priority will be to review cases with great care, and within the law, to be sure justice has been served.
Campaign Phone (214) 212-6628
Twitter @pikl4judge
I have 32 years of experience as an attorney in over 500 lawsuits and over 70 appellate matters. My experience spans every area of law the Court of Appeals addresses, including civil, criminal, and family law. I am considered a Constitutional law expert. I am also a sitting judge in Collin County, so I have trial court experience on the bench.
The internet has made legal research and access to professional legal services not only more efficient but also more known to those who need them. These developments improve the system by making it less expensive and more available to everyone, especially those who cannot afford legal counsel on regular terms and fees.
To rigorously defend the Constitution and enforce the statutes and rule of law in Texas as provided by the legislature and higher courts.