STANDARDS FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
The fact is that Texas law is quite lax in terms of qualifications to be a judge. Those standards are: U.S. citizenship, a resident of Texas, licensed to practice law in Texas, between the ages of 25 and 75, and to have been a practicing attorney for four years.
The Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court also require judges to have had at least 10 years as a practicing attorney. But, incredibly, Texas does NOT require an attorney to have any experience in the court in which they desire to serve as a judge!
For the above reasons, we at CQJ, have adopted the best practices from around the nation for evaluating judicial candidates.
OUR STANDARDS FOR SUPPORTING A JUDICIAL CANDIDATE:
- The candidate must be professionally competent as demonstrated by having substantial trial experience.
- The candidate must have experience of at least five years in the court the candidate or a judge seeks to serve. This experience needs to be civil law experience for civil courts, criminal law experience for criminal courts, family law experience for family law courts, juvenile law experience for juvenile courts, and probate law experience for probate courts.
- The candidate must have court trial and jury trial experience in the court type in which they seek to be a judge.
- The candidate must have paid timely property taxes, the State of Texas occupation tax, and the State Bar of Texas dues.
- The candidate should be of high moral character and have a general reputation in the community for honesty, hard work, and diligence.
- The candidate must have the appropriate judicial temperament including a commitment to be free from bias, with an ability to decide issues based on the law, be able to exhibit courtesy and civility to all, and have a commitment to open-mindedness.
- The candidate must agree that they will not legislate from the bench and that they will follow the law, as written by the Texas Legislature and our Texas appeals courts.