- For 28 years I have the distinct honor of service to the citizens of Tarrant County as JP4.
Twenty-eight years of job experience, on-going education and training.
- I am a graduate of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
- I take a minimum of 20 hours of continuing judicial education every year plus additional education on new topics and issues as they are dictated by the legislature and society. Those topics include things like indigency, security, changes to truancy laws, and whatever else the legislature sends our way.
- I served on the Texas Supreme Court’s Rules Committee.
- I served as an instructor for the Justice Court Training Center @ Texas State University.
- I am a proven efficient manager of the court’s docket and our tax dollars. Your People’s Court is not about “the money” but, efficient management of our tax dollars is an important part of the job.
- I am fair & just Jurist with proper judicial temperament & demeanor.
Between us, my husband and I have seven children and seven grandchildren. My religious preference is non-denomination. I ‘ve found out the hard way, that churches and church members will show up in court from time to time, so enjoying non-denominational services keeps me free from any suggestion of bias or prejudice. I came to the Republican Party some years ago because of three basic core principles; less government, personal responsibility and Christian values. My belief has not changed over the years. We may not all agree on every issue, but those three values are still strong and valid.
I love my job. I’m often asked what is the one thing that stands out? What is the one thing I’ve learned that stands out above all others? I can only answer that there is no one thing. We humans are interesting and amazing creatures. Human nature never ceases to amaze and challenge me as I go about my duties.
The best thing about my job? … The many times people say “ thank you”. They come unexpectedly and are what makes it all worthwhile.
I believe it is my job to lend a helping hand when I can, to rule with an iron fist when called for, and to give everyone a fair shake….always !
I follow the Code of Judicial Ethics and Conduct and voluntarily run my campaign according to the code of Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.
Things I know to be true:
We are all God’s children.
Take the high road. The air is always cleaner up there.
We all love a good train wreck or a scandal. It’s human nature to stop and look. We all do it, whether we want to admit it or not.
Perception is our reality. But we sometimes see or hear only what we want to see or hear.
You can’t please all of the people all of the time. No matter how hard you try.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
We should have nothing but the greatest respect and gratitude for our service members, our peace officers & first responders. I have the privilege of working in a job that provides support services to these officers and agencies.
Everyday random acts of kindness are a very good thing.
Fixing the blame is a waste of time…fix the problem.
You cannot change the course of water that is already under the bridge.
When times get tough, we should count our blessings and give thanks for what we have.
There is a big difference between being hired to serve and elected to represent.
I adhere to the code of fair campaign practices. Unfortunately not everyone does.
Politics are nasty. And that’s really sad.
Campaigns are very expensive. Even the lower ballot races. That’s another reason why social media has become such a powerful campaign tool. It is affordable.
Apathy is the only real problem we have in this country. When people vote, things get done. Unfortunately less than half of the eligible voters will do so in the general elections; only about 10% will vote in the primaries and that’s where we get our candidates for the general election. In Texas you there is no such thing as a “registered Democrat” or a “registered Republican”. You can vote in one primary election or the other, not both, but which one you choose is up to you. Voting in one party’s primary does not obligate you to vote that party’s ticket in the general elections, nor does it obligate you to vote in the same primary next time.
There are two courts in this country in which non-attorney judge can serve. The United States Supreme Court and your Justice of the Peace Court. Our founding fathers structured it so that the spirit of the law can prevail in the most inferior and the most superior courts in our land. I am so very proud to be your “People’s Court Judge”, and sincerely hope the People’s Court will always remain the bedrock of our judicial system.
And finally, on a personal note:
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This past few months has been a test. I’ve had a lot of blowback from within the party from those who did not prevail in the last election cycle.
I averaged the JP4 case filing statistics over the past eight years, then multiplied that number by my years in office. As of this writing, that total is just under 220,000 cases. I’ve had no complaints about my management of your court. There have there been no accusations of insulting the litigants, impartiality, bias, prejudice, being unfair, unjust or anything else that would cast a shadow on my tenure as Justice of the Peace. 220,000 cases with no problems….one disgruntled opponent….complaint.
Fortunately for me, Judge Michelle Savage (who had the same type complaint lodged against her) had the resources to challenge the complaint and findings of the commission. An appeals court tribunal ruled against the commission, thus clearing her and, through assimilation me, of any wrong doing in our use of social media. I was vindicated, and it does my heart good to be able to say that.