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Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 6

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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    Gisela D. Triana

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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?

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I have dedicated my life to public service. After college, I worked in the White House. After 9/11, I joined the Marines. After serving as an active duty Marine JAG, I worked as an attorney for two federal judges and in the Texas Attorney General's Office. As a Marine and as an attorney, I have protected Texans, the rule of law and the Constitution
Access to our judicial system for all Texans, including indigent defendants, needs to be user-friendly. Courts must provide clear guidance and easy-to-follow forms that all parties can complete and file. More communication between trial and appellate courts as to what attorneys are ably representing indigent defendants is crucial. It is also important for the legal profession to find ways to match pro bono appellate attorneys with indigent defendants to ensure effective representation.
The highest responsibility of a Court of Appeals justice is ensuring that the Constitution and the law are interpreted correctly and in line with their original meaning. As a Marine, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. As a judge, I will take a similar oath. Working diligently, and with God's help, I will strive daily to fulfill my obligations to my fellow citizens and to the Constitution under that oath, as I have faithfully done as a Marine officer and attorney for Texas.
Campaign Phone (512) 915-1013
Twitter @judgetriana
For over 23 years, I have served as a Judge at every level of Texas Trial Courts, presiding over both civil and criminal matters. I have been a practicing lawyer in Texas for 30 years, ever since I graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. I am a former prosecutor and have trained attorneys and judges all across Texas.
Broader access to DNA testing and broader access to review DNA test results.

New technologies like Computer Assisted Real Time Transcription (CART), an initiative done in response to the Americans With Disabilities Act which allows people with hearing and sight disabilities to participate meaningfully in their own court cases.
My first priority is the adherence to the Constitution, the rule of law and its principles. The dispensation of justice towards all parties should be done without regard to status or wealth. Popular opinion should not dictate or influence the administration of justice. A Judge must listen with an open mind and and rule with an even hand. I will rely on my 23 years of judicial experience to achieve a fair and impartial result.