The Texas Legislature continues to make changes in the juvenile justice system, and courts must handle juvenile cases in line with these changing laws. Juvenile justice is a large and complex area of work for our County Courts-at-Law, and I’m very familiar with these issues due to practicing juvenile law for several years. As a judge, I’m using the authority provided under the law to do everything I can to help put young people back on the right track. I remember what it was like being a teenager, and I’m working closely with other agencies that deal with juveniles to seek innovative solutions to problems such as truancy and juvenile delinquency.
I’ve begun investigating ways to streamline the court’s handling of cases to make it more effective. One of my first priorities after being sworn in was to thoroughly examine the docket and make some necessary adjustments, as well as review court procedures. I have a good working relationship with agencies such as the D.A.’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office that constantly participate in the court. I’m also considering creating a separate docket for civil and probate cases that could help bring these cases to trial or resolution more swiftly, and free people involved in those cases from having to wait around the courtroom for their opportunity to be heard.
Continuing the Tradition of Service
Judge Weiser took pride in presiding over a courtroom that functioned smoothly, and I want to continue and build on the standard of service that’s been set in this court. Judge Weiser’s ideas and guidance have shaped many attorneys in our community, and I learned a great deal from practicing and trying cases before her.
A Working Judge for a Working Court
The vast majority of cases in our County Courts-at-Law are criminal and juvenile law cases, and these are two areas of law that I practiced frequently before taking the bench. I’ve always been a courtroom attorney, which meant trying cases, representing clients, and working in our courts and local justice system day in and day out. I’m very familiar with how our courts operate, and how to work effectively in them. This courtroom familiarity helped make for a smooth transition onto the bench. Due to this experience, there weren’t costly delays or case backlogs from needing to be trained to know what to do in the courtroom. A working court deserves a working judge, and I have the experience, work ethic, and common sense to continue being an effective judge.
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