residence in the district for two years immediately before election or
appointment, and a license to practice law in Texas. As a guarantee of practical
the case of Texas judges in other state courts, a vacant judgeship (resulting from
half of the judges in district-level courts initially reach the bench as a result of
recent elections, however, incumbent Democratic judges have been defeated in
increasing numbers as party affiliation has become more important than
The Long Star State’s appellate courts consist of 14 courts of appeals, the
Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Texas. Each of these
courts has three or more judges or justices, and all members are popularly
elected for terms of six years. Terms are staggered so that one-third of the
members are elected or re-elected every two years because it helps to ensure
appellate court will have two or more judges with prior experience on that court.
Justices of courts of appeals, judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals, and
justices of the Supreme Court of Texas must be at least 35 years age and have
had ten years of experience as a practicing lawyer or ten years of combined
experience as a practicing lawyer and judge of a court of record. Decisions are
reached by majority vote of the judges assigned to the case after their
examination of the written record of the case; their review of written briefs, or
arguments, prepared by the parties’ attorneys; and their hearing of oral
argument by the attorneys.
My suggestions for reforming the method of selecting district court judges
judges don’t really have to have citizenship and the residence of the district.
Because I think is a person have other qualifications except citizenship, I don’t
really think that is fair. If that person’s qualifications are beyond great, but he or
she doesn’t have citizenship, he or she has to wait for 5 years to get it. We don’t
know anything after five years, may be after 5 years, he doesn’t have the same
passion for the judges five years ago. Another reforming is that the justices for
Supreme Court of Texas, the people don’t really have to be 35 years or older.
People who are 27 or 30 years old can be a great justices. I think the age
doesn’t really matter because if they can be a great justices as any age, why set
a limit on the age. Those are my suggestions for reforming the method of
selecting the judges for district court and appellate court and justices for
Supreme Court of Texas.