Texas Lawmakers Urged To Overhaul Appellate Elections

Law360, Houston (March 17, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT) -- Current and former chief judges of Texas’ highest civil and criminal courts told state lawmakers Monday that changes to the way appellate judges are appointed and elected are necessary to ensure qualified candidates are taking the bench.

Testifying before the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller and former high court chief Wallace B. Jefferson said the public needs to be better informed when voting for appellate candidate to ensure good...
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